Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) was an American painter, printmaker, and draughtsman associated with postmodern abstraction. Her vibrant forms, many on shaped canvases, are informed by Cubism, Minimalism and Surrealism.
Murray earned a BFA at the Art Institute of Chicagoin 1962 and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1964. Her love of cartoons and early ambitions to become a commercial artist influenced her work, compounded by her interest in playing with the materiality of paint. Among many awards, including the Skowhegan Medal in Painting in 1986 and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award in 1999, Murray also held numerous distinguished teaching positions.
In 2005, Murray earned the distinction of becoming only the fifth woman to receive a career retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her works are in many major public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.