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ELIZABETH MURRAY’S COLORED SPACE

ELIZABETH MURRAY IS ONE OF the few authentic pictorial pathfinders working today. Since the mid ’70s she has charted a strikingly personal and influential course through the Modernist-sanctioned yet supercharged concept of painting as colored space. Stressing eccentric geometries, deeply saturated hues, and constructively dynamic compositions, her vision has illuminated for many other artists, particularly those of the emerging generation, a way of making abstract paintings that simultaneously probe and reveal the physical and psychical dimensions of “colored space,” in a sharply individuated and wondrously articulate expression. Her paintings offer not only plenty to see and think about but much to confront.

Over the years Murray’s colored space has grown increasingly specific, seeking to translate its contents into contemporary visual information. Besides teeming with sophisticated

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