Focus features a selection of 25 prints from 1980 to the present, providing an in-depth look at the important role printmaking plays in Murray's creative process. 'Between Representation and Abstraction' is an installation of prints relates to the artist's signature depictions of everyday objects in an abstract style. On the third floor: New Photography '05 (Opening 21 October): Carlos Garaicoa, Bertien van Manen, Phillip Pisciotta and Robin Rhode.
'Focus' / 'Between Representation and Abstraction'
October 19, 2005â€“January 9, 2006
Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries
Designed to complement MoMAâ€™s Elizabeth Murray painting retrospective, Focus features a selection of approximately twenty-five prints from 1980 to the present, providing an in-depth look at the important role printmaking plays in Murrayâ€™s creative process. These works demonstrate the artistâ€™s experimentation with a wide variety of mediums and trace her exploration of both abstract motifs and playful depictions of domestic themes. There are also examples of the ways in which Murray continues to push the boundaries of traditional printmaking with three-dimensional, shaped, and collaged editions, underscoring the collaborative relationship between artist and master printer.
Organized by Sarah Suzuki, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.
Selected to complement Focus: Elizabeth Murray, this installation of prints relates to Murrayâ€™s signature depictions of everyday objects in an abstract style. These works straddle the line between representation and abstraction, revealing how ordinary objects often serve as a point of departure for an artistâ€™s abstract vision, or, alternatively, how an artistâ€™s abstract forms may subtly suggest recognizable elements. Examples range from the Cubist distortions of Pablo Picasso and Robert Delaunay to the formal reductions of Hans (Jean) Arp and Joan MirÃ³. Also featured are prints by some of Murrayâ€™s peers, including Carroll Dunham and Terry Winters.
Organized by Starr Figura, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.
Pictured: Elizabeth Murray. Untitled. 1982. Screenprint. Composition and sheet (irreg.): 48 1/2 x 34 1/4" (123.3 x 80.6 cm). Publisher: the artist and Simca Print Artists, Inc., New York. Printer: Simca Print Artists, Inc., New York. Edition: 50. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously. Â© 2005 Elizabeth Murray
New Photography â€™05: Carlos Garaicoa, Bertien van Manen, Phillip Pisciotta, Robin Rhode
October 21â€“January 16, 2006
New Photography is an annual series of exhibitions devoted to significant recent work in photography. Since 1985, over fifty artists from thirteen countries have been featured in this forum. After a six-year hiatus, the New Photography series resumes with New Photography â€™05, which presents work by four artistsâ€”from Cuba, Holland, the United States, and South Africa, respectivelyâ€”working in a variety of techniques and across a range of themes. Although the exhibition focuses on individual achievements rather than surveying movements or trends, the diversity of the work reflects the scope and vitality of contemporary photography.
The New Photography series is made possible by JGS, Inc. Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries
Organized by Eva Respini, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography.
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