Her Story, 1988-1990

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Long recognized as one of America's preeminent painters, Elizabeth Murray has also been active as a printmaker and draftsman. In Her Story, Murray collaborated with acclaimed American performance-poet Anne Waldman (born 1945) to create a highly personal and consciously feminine reaction to modern life. Murray's engaging color prints, which may at first glance seem like abstract compositions, are actually amalgams of recognizable subject matter--cups and saucers, chairs, paint brushes, and human figures-that she uses as starting points for her visual and emotional explorations of her environment.

Like her oil paintings, Murray's prints are vividly colored, exuberantly decorative, and strongly sculptural in feeling. And while her images reveal an obvious penchant for elaborate geometric arrangements of form and color, it is Murray's emotional reaction to the world and its physicality that lies at the heart of her work and lends it such a potent vitality.

Details
Title
Her Story
Artist Life
1940-2007
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2002.117a-p
Provenance
(Pace Prints, New York); sold to MIA, 2002.
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