Elizabeth Murray

Oct 23, 2005–Jan 6, 2006


Elizabeth Murray. Do the Dance. 2005. Oil on canvas, 9′5″ × 11′3″ × 1 1/2″ (287 × 342.9 × 3.8 cm). Courtesy PaceWildenstein. Photo: David Allison. © 2005 Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray (American, 1940–2007) belongs to a generation of artists who emerged in the 1970s and whose exposure to Cubist-derived Minimalism and Surrealist-influenced Pop inspired experimentation with new modes of expression that would bridge the gap between these two historical models. In this context, Murray has produced a singularly innovative body of work. Warping, twisting, and knotting her constructed canvases, she has given the elastic shapes of classic surrealism a space in their own image. This comprehensive exhibition includes approximately seventy-five paintings and works on paper, from the earliest phase of Murray’s career in the 1960s through her most recent work.

In conjunction with the exhibitions Between Representation and Abstraction and Focus: Elizabeth Murray

The exhibition is made possible by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro.

Major support is provided by Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, Robert Rauschenberg, Sue & Edgar Wachenheim Foundation, and Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky.

The accompanying publication is made possible by Rolex and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

The accompanying educational programs are made possible by Arne and Milly Glimcher and BNP Paribas.

Additional funding is provided by Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, Jerry and Emily Spiegel, The Overbrook Foundation, The Leo Model Foundation, and Lufthansa German Airlines.


  • Elizabeth Murray: Popped Art Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 32 pages
  • Elizabeth Murray/Popped Art Box Set Exhibition catalogue, Slipcased, 268 pages
  • Elizabeth Murray Hardcover, 220 pages
  • Elizabeth Murray : [brochure] October 23, 2005-January 9, 2006, the Museum of Modern Art Out of print, 8 pages


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