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Back on Earth

Abstract painting with defined sections of green, blue, black, and white on an irregularly shaped canvas
© 1981 Elizabeth Murray

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  • Abstract painting with defined sections of green, blue, black, and white on an irregularly shaped canvas

Date:

1981

Artist:

Elizabeth Murray
American, 1940–2007

About this artwork

Elizabeth Murray became known for her brightly colored and shaped canvases in late 1970s New York. Her vibrant and energetic visual language playfully challenged the formal conventions of painting—such as the idea that the canvas must be rectangular. Back on Earth is composed of two grandly scaled canvases—one geometric (blue), the other biomorphic (green)—that are inextricably linked by the artist’s use of color and rambunctious imagery. The animated, squid-like black table—a recurring motif in Murray’s paintings—here further confounds the relationship between figure and ground.

Status

On View, Gallery 293

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Elizabeth Murray

Title

Back on Earth

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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1981

Medium

Oil on two canvases

Dimensions

Installed: 306.1 × 342.9 cm (120 9/16 × 135 in.); 306.1 × 342.9 cm (120 1/2 × 135 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Solomon B. Smith; Twentieth-Century Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

1982.406

Copyright

© 1981 Elizabeth Murray

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