Barbara Edwards Contemporary
is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent sculptural work from renowned Canadian sculptor Robert Murray. Bringing together metal relief sculptures and select works on paper, this exhibition celebrates Murray’s formal intrigue with the topography of rural North America. Based on landscapes seen from an aerial perspective, these relief sculptures emerge through a “selective identification of contours, roads, streambeds, woodlots, and field patterns.” While Murray begins with a literal translation of the landscape, his interest lies in the abstract quality of forms, both natural and man-made.
Robert Murray, considered one of the most significant sculptors of his generation, was born in Vancouver in 1936. He studied at the University of Saskatchewan's Regina College of Art and was an active participant in the Emma Lake workshops led by critic Clement Greenberg, Jack Shadbolt, Will Barnet, John Ferren and his longtime friend Barnett Newman. Newman encouraged Murray to move to New York in 1960, he currently resides in West Grove, Pennsylvania.
Murray's work is included in major museum and private collections throughout Canada and the U.S. including: the Whitney Museum; National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name only a few. Murray was honoured with a major retrospective by the National Gallery of Canada in 1999 and received the Order of Canada in 2000.
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