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Elizabeth Murray at MoMA

Elizabeth Murray at MoMA

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Jessica Stockholder’s essay about the influence of Elizabeth Murray’s art on her own work, as part of a 2005 exhibition of Murray’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Jessica Stockholder’s essay about the influence of Elizabeth Murray’s art on her own work, as part of a 2005 exhibition of Murray’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Published by: mutasis on Feb 26, 2011
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ElizabethMurrayat MoMA
Jessica Stockholder
© 2005 JESSICA STOCKHOLDER
 
Elizabeth Murray at MoMA
I
write from the point of view
of ayounger generation of artists following ElizabethMurray; and my work clearly follows in her foot-steps. Unfortunately, I have not had the privi-lege of knowing her, but I have always heard her spoken of as awonderful person who managed to make great art, have a successfulcareer and have children too! She is a role model many of us neededand appreciated.Elizabeth’s work is part of the ground that my work grows from.Hers along with Judy Phaff, Frank Stella, Rauschenberg, Schwitters,and, of course Picasso and Braque’s Cubism all explore different waysin which the illusionistic space of the flat white picture plane can beexpanded to include less well behaved surfaces.In addition to admiring Elizabeth’s work and making sure that I sawher exhibitions whenever I could, I have also found her work vaguelyirritating. In front of the paintings I find myself always embattled,enjoying them and feeling irritable. Looking more closely at my irri-tability is rewarding. I find that these paintings embody a string ofdualities sitting uncomfortably next to each other and exuding an irri-table and provocative charge.Looking for the source of my irritation, the first place I go is to the“Anxiety of Influence,” the title of Harold Bloom’s book that I haven’tread. I do however often think of the title, and perhaps one of thesedays I will read the book. I work in an area that rubs up closely to

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