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Elizabeth Murray PPT

Jan 15, 2015





  • 1. Thinking Critically About Art:

2. Elizabeth Murray was bornin Chicago in 1940 and diedof lung cancer at age 66 onAugust 12, 2007 She was born to a working-class family that struggled tomake ends meet. Her interest in art started ata young age and she drewconstantly. 3. Large Still Life with a PedestalTable, Pablo Picasso, 1931 CubismPaul Cezanne, Still Life Witha Basket of Apples, 1893DisneyThe Persistence of Time,Salvador Dali Surrealism 4. Cubists rejected the idea that art should copy nature and refused to adopt the traditionaltechniques of perspective, modeling and foreshortening used to create realistic imagery. The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and the Frenchartist Georges Braque initiated the movement,between 1907 and 1914. They wanted instead to emphasize the two-dimensionality of the canvas. So they reduced andfractured objects into geometric forms, and thenreassembled these within a shallow picture space sothat they appeared to be seen from many angles atonce. Other cubists: 5. The Surrealist movement began in Paris in 1924 A small group of writers and artists, influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud, began lookingat the power of the unconscious mind as a means to unlock the imagination. In 1924, French writer Andr Breton, the leader of the movement, wrote Le Manifeste duSurralisme. In it, he defined Surrealism as:SURREALISM, n. Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to expressverbally, by means of the written word, or in any other mannerthe actual functioning ofthought. Dictated by thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason exempt fromany aesthetic or moral concern. They were interested in the involvement of the unconscious mind in chance occurrencesand dream imageryTristan Tzara, Paul Eluard, Andre Breton, Hans Arp, Salvador Dali, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Rene Crevel, Man Ray, Paris, 1933 6. Murray was a crucial figure in the struggle to bring painting back to life in the 1970s andearly 80s. In her work, she moved away from the traditional rectangular canvas format, breakingwith the art-historical convention of illusionistic space in a two-dimensional picture-plane . blurring the line between the painting as an object and the painting as a space fordepicting objects. She began to create supports in the wild biomorphic and geometric shapes as well asshapes almost recognizable as domestic objects (tables, cups, chairs, etc.). She would fit these together like a colorful, abstract puzzle. Her artworks are huge, wall sized pieces. Often, many different shaped canvases were fittogether for the overall painting The images were defined by layers of bold colors. She describes her work as an exploration of emotions and the psyche. 7. For a couple of years Ive been working with cutting out shapes and kindof glomming them together and letting it go where it may, like basicallymaking a zigzag shape and making a rectangular shape and a circular,bloopy, fat, cloudy shape and just putting them all together and lettingthe cards fall where they may. I dont know why Im doing it this waybecause what I want more than anything else in my life and in mypainting is for things to unify, to come together. 8. Painters Progress(1981). 9. Almost Made It. 1998-1999Oil on threecanvases, 73 1/2 x 99 10. Landing, 1999 11. It is about making things, and its about expression, and its aboutcreation.When you walk out of the studio, and you walk down the street thatswhere you find art. Or you find it at home, right in front of you. I paintabout things that surround me-things that I pick up and handleeveryday. Thats what art is. Art is an epiphany in a coffee cup. 12. Yikes, 1982. Oil on canvas, twopanels, 9 7" x 9 5 13. Bop. 2002-2003.Oil on canvas910 x 1010.5 14. Can You Hear Me?1984Oil on 4 canvases106 x 159 x 12 in. 15. Worms eye.2002. Oil oncanvas, 97 X 92