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About Elizabeth Murray: An Evening with Critic Roberta Smith and Curator Jason Andrew

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.

Elizabeth Murray, “Wake Up,” 1981, Oil on canvas (three parts), 111 1/8 x 105 5/8 in. © The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) “Bean,” 1982, Oil on canvas (three parts), 115 11/16 x 107 5/8 in. © The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) belonged to a generation of artists who emerged in the 1970s and whose exposure to Cubist-derived Minimalism and Surrealist-influenced Pop inspired her to push painting beyond all historical models of making. In this context, Murray produced a singularly innovative body of work. As she warped, twisted, and knotted her constructed three-dimensional canvases, she gave the elastic shapes of classic Surrealism a space in their own image. With a career that spanned over four decades, Murray was one of the most ambitious and revered artists of her time.

Roberta Smith is the co-chief art critic of The New York Times. She lives in New York with her husband, Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine. Since her first review of Elizabeth Murray’s work in the May 1975 issue ofArtforum she has had a “deep interest” in Murray’s art and has written extensively about her work, including a major essay for Murray’s mid-career retrospective in 1987. Twenty years later, Roberta Smith would write Murray’s obituary calling her a “New York painter who reshaped Modernist abstraction.”

Jason Andrew is an independent curator and producer, archivist and writer. He is the Manager of the Estate of Elizabeth Murray.

This lecture coincides with Elizabeth Murray: Paintings from the ‘80s at Pace Gallery, on view through January 13, 2018.

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