Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray

 

Kind of Blue, 2004
Oil on canvas on wood
9'x11'x2"

 

The New World, 2006
Oil on canvas on wood
8'½"x6'7"x1¾"

 

Morning is Breaking, 2005-2006
Oil on canvas on wood
9'2½"x10'1"x2½"

 

On View: April 3 - May 31 2015

 

Elizabeth Murray's process in creating these large-scale paintings involves multiple overlays, abstractions and an encoded vocabulary of pictures, letters and archetypal symbols. Murray's paintings burst with lively excitement, at the same time maintaining a sense of stability and order. Reminiscent of pop art sensibilities, there is an element of fun and a type of graphic cubism happening in these energetic works. Her paintings provide a strong sense of sculptural qualities, and are distant reminders of the three-dimensional wall pieces of Rauschenberg and Rosenquist. Often one to three inches thick, these works contain several opportunities of negative space, where the bridges of canvas seem to float off the wall. Her brush strokes are painterly and with the repetition of triangles, circles and squares often come together to create landscapes, still lives and vibrant expressive situations.

 

Elizabeth Murray was born in Chicago in 1940, received her BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1962, and subsequently an MFA from Mills College (Oakland, CA) in 1964. She has held several teaching positions throughout a number of American universities and colleges including Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY). Murray's work has been included and exhibited in nearly sixty solo exhibitions throughout the world since her debut at the Annual Exhibition: Contemporary American Painting at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972. She has participated in six Whiney Biennial exhibitions since 1973, and in numerous group shows in institutions and galleries throughout the world, including the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallax, TX), Gallery Mukai (Tokyo), and Galerie Jahn und Fusban (Munich) to name a few. Works by Murray can be found in over forty public collections in the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY) and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA). Elizabeth Murray passed away in August, 2007. 

 

Images courtesy of PaceWildenstein catalogue, 2006.

 

Return to The Fields Sculpture Park

 

Kind of Blue, 2004
Courtesy Candace King Weir Foundation

 

The New World, 2006
Estate of the Artist, Courtesy Pace Gallery

 

Morning is Breaking, 2005-2006
Private Collection, Los Angeles, Courtesy Pace Gallery

"Everybody Knows...Elizabeth Murray" Film


Film Screening: Everybody Knows...Elizabeth Murray by Kristi Zea (a work-in-progress)

On Saturday, May 23, 4 PM, Omi screened this film in their visitors center.


Since 2005, two-time Academy Award Nominee, Kristi Zea, has been capturing the life and work of contemporary artist Elizabeth Murray on film. Omi will screen the one-hour long documentary created by Zea, which features Murray in the studio, and interviews with the artist, her family and friends. The film explores the history of the New York art scene from the 1970s to today, and reveals Murray as a pioneer on the frontiers of color and form. Click here to view a 10 minute short preview to the longer work-in-progress.

Kristi Zea has worked in the contemporary film scene for three decades as a producer, director, production designer and costume designer. Filming is 99% complete and is in post-production. Click here and help the filmmakers raise funds to finish the project! More information at www.everybodyknowselizabethmurray.com

The film is a co-production of The Human Arts Association and RubyRed Productions with help from The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc, Stanley Family Fund, Agnus Gund Foundation, NYSCA, WIFF along with friends of Elizabeth.

 

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

 

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