For those of you in the bay area, may I strongly encourage you to see this show, which closes at SFMOMA on January 25. Puryear's wood sculptures are in turns fanciful, ominous and ponderous. My favorite is not C.F.A.O, which gets used in all the publicity materials. Instead, it's one called "A Distant Place." It doesn't show in a photo as impressively as it looks live. But it's a very tall spire -- looks like an enormous unicorn's horn -- mounted on a small, wooden house-type structure which is, in turn, on top of a burl, which looks like it might be a remote mountain or else somebody's brain. You figure it out.
If you can't get there, at a minimum look at New York MOMA's flash presentation, which shows most of the pieces.