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Cantor Center Presents Retrospective of Elizabeth Murray

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This Wednesday, Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center is presenting their first exhibition for 2014. It is a feature of works from Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007), who is considered to be one of the most postmodernist abstract artists.

Titled Her Story, this exhibition features 42 works primarily drawn from a private collection, and never have been shown as a group. They spawn from groundbreaking editions made at the Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in New York, spanning through the final two decades of Murray’s prolific career. Each of the works displays the art movement Murray hailed from, which was the 1970s Minimalism and Pop arts, as well as earlier movements including Cubism, Surrealism, and Expressionism. According to one critic, Murray’s works brings these movements together, “reshaping Modernist abstraction into a high-spirited, cartoon-based language of form”. Two of the feature works in this exhibition includes two 1990s lithographs Shack and Wiggle, both of which can be seen on Cantor Center’s website at The exhibition will also include three large-scale paintings.

In a little more information about Murray, she was a native of Chicago, and was a graduate of both the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and Oakland’s Mills College. Her work was inspired from artists like Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne, to comics and cartoons. She received numerous awards including the Skowhegan Medal in 1986 and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award in 1999. Her story is on view until March 30th.


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