Popped from Life (for E. M.)
Elizabeth Murray / CANADA
Curated by Carroll Dunham and Dan Nadel
December 10, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Leaping from a bent table into three-dimensional form,
She swiftly excavates a formidable void.
Her key was fearlessness.
A doorknob, hidden on the side above hip-height;
A surface anatomy that wraps once, twice,
Three times. A mysterious tunnel lies below
Her remarkable Jamesian depictions.
When Things Fall Apart, automatism teases the
Synthetic-structure-dance, ecstatic, with ease.
Whozat! For Which Way Out please.
Acrobatic things are tossed up, turned upside-down,
Compressed tissues build and erupt in the congested interior
Like Times Square’s traffic at rush hours.
Her irrefutable brio tills
The bricolage of tabletop and the soil of the windy city.
From a distance I hear her hypnotic sound of
Cross-hatching on paper and the mixing of succulent earth pigments
On a cotton duck canvas. Forms cutout, punctured, stretched,
Popped from life not pop.
Brick with Heart, Whozat again,
Juggling comic sublime,
Like a tightrope walker who prefers a surface of fizzy spumante
Even on the coldest and darkest days of winter.
She knew her chops. We all know it too.
I still remember between The Sun and the Moon
Muddy Waters and Mondrian doing the Boogaloo.
As for Ron Gorchov, Margrit Lewczuk, Carroll Dunham,
Who’re gleefully shuffling their feet,
With Suzanne McClelland, Yevgeniya Baras, James English Leary, Deb Kass,
And thousands of other admirers, the dance continues.
Phong H. Bui is the Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail.
Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves: Wild LifeBy David Carrier
NOV 2021 | ArtSeen
Elizabeth Murray (19402007) had an astonishing capacity to develop. Looking just at the works in Wild Life, her two person show with the sculptor Jessi Reaves (b. 1986) curated by Rebecca Matalon, the distance between Night Empire (1967-68) and C Painting (1980-81) is amazing.
Elizabeth Murray: Back in TownBy Douglas Dreishpoon
OCT 2021 | ArtSeen
Many archival gems are featured in Back in Town, the homecoming exhibition organized by Robert Scalise and Jason Andrew at the University of Buffalos Anderson Gallery.
Kyoung eun Kang: TRACES: 28 Days in Elizabeth Murray's StudioBy Robert R. Shane
APRIL 2021 | ArtSeen
Each morning for 28 days, performance artist Kyoung eun Kang inhabited the late Elizabeth Murrays upstate New York studio. These sessions, recorded with a stationary camera, have been edited into a two-hour single-channel wall-sized video projection that makes Murrays studio seem like a continuation of the physical space of A.I.R.s darkened Gallery II.