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If you're worried that there won't be enough to do on a trip the big city while the stagehands are on strike, skip the trip and visit New York MoMA's Martin Puryear exhibition online instead. While it's probably true that viewing sculpture online reduces its 3-dimensional qualities somewhat, MoMA has designed the web exhibition to faithfully recreate some of the feel of the physical show. Wander through 47 of Puryear's works, viewing them at full size on your computer screen, zooming in occasionally to read label texts just as you would in the museum. Additional views of several pieces are included; one of these, C.F.A.O., made from a wheelbarrow topped with an oversized, abstract, African mask, looks vastly different on the two sides depicted. Excerpts from essays in the exhibition catalog are included at the site, as well as several still images showing 5 of Puryears's largest sculptures in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, one of which, 63-foot tall Ad Astra, was created especially for this space. There is also an amusing video of Puryear and MoMA staff putting the artwork in place.
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