Milestones Aug. 27, 2007


In the 1970s, everybody just knew that painting was dead; real artists did installations or sawed houses in half. But Elizabeth Murray disagreed, creating big, shaped canvases in declamatory colors featuring cartoonish references to bodily form and household objects, like Morning Is Breaking, above. Influenced by Stuart Davis, Picasso and Miró, as well as the comics she loved as a kid, Murray blended high and low within her pieces and in their exhibition; two of her large mosaic murals adorn New York City subway stops. She was 66 and had lung cancer.

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