“The work was really about a kind of forced perspective that made it appear to recede into space faster than it does. The idea of Booker T. Washington—the resonance with his life, and his struggle, and the whole notion that his idea of progress for the race—was a long slow progression of, as he said, putting your buckets down where you are, and working with what you’ve got. It really is a question of the view from where you start and the end—the goal.”
Martin Puryear—our current 100 Artists featured artist—on his work, Ladder for Booker T. Washington (1996), as featured in the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 2 episode, Time (2007), installed at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.
IMAGES: Ladder for Booker T. Washington (1996). Ash and maple; 438 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches. Installation view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 2 episode, Time, 2003.