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Elizabeth Murray
Things to Come, 1988

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Things to Come
Artist name
Elizabeth Murray
Date created
1988
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
115 in. x 113 in. x 27 in. (292.1 cm x 287.02 cm x 68.58 cm)
Credit
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Copyright
© Estate of Elizabeth Murray / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/FC.277.A-B
Artwork Status
On view on floor 4 as part of Approaching American Abstraction.
On view on floor 4 as part of Approaching American Abstraction (2020).

Cartoonish water drops appear to roll off the surface of Things to Come, while its wooden supports reveal the artwork’s static structure. Murray further complicated the topography with thick swathes of paint from a palette knife and brushy strokes that were flicked, flung, and splattered. The artist drew from her surroundings for playful and edgy amalgamations such as this, choosing subjects as mundane as coffee cups or graffiti. The resulting organic forms resist simple identification while retaining a bold sense of vitality and exuberance.

Gallery text, 2018

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