The musings of a landscape painter, art teacher, and art history lover
Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) was an amazing artist, whose cartoon styled abstractions changed the face of Modernism while challenging the male dominated art world regime. In the 1970's and 80's, she developed her own cartoon language of images and was often referred to as a Neo-expressionist. As for me, I always loved her daring, bright colors along with the way she broke from the traditional rectangular shape of paintings. She cut up and assembled zany and wild abstract pieces that popped out from the wall. They recall such things as the street art of the 80's, Looney-Toons, and abstract expressionism. I can remember being in art school and mimicking her style, we all did. She was such an inspiration. Pretty cool stuff!
Author: Bruce Black
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