Online Virtual Exhibition | Greg Murr: A Mediated Garden

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Greg Murr uses familiar resources from nature to examine some of the fundamental properties of our world: space, time, matter, and motion. His paintings feature arrangements of delicate peony blossoms; alluring in their recognizability, but also insinuating a certain spatial fabric and a presence of gravity with their networks of lines, folds, and masses. Rendered in layers of nearly transparent paint, the exquisite blooms are depictions of both levity and weight, of motion and stillness, of growth and collapse. In his Thermal Study pieces, clusters of blooms ascend, suggesting a plume of smoke or rising cloud of steam. In other works, Murr experiments with the results of layering translucent petals in undulating compositions. These allusions to motion, vitality, transcendence and ephemeral physical existence embody them with substance beyond their identity as flora.

Greg Murr is an artist with incredible museum and exhibition credentials. He earned his BA and MFA in the United States and was immediately recognized by major museum curators. In fact, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York acquired a selection of Murr’s works for its permanent collection when Murr was only just out of his graduate program in printmaking. Murr then went on to live and teach art in Venice, Italy. Later, he relocated to Berlin, Germany, where he works today. His artwork is exhibited worldwide.

Artwork in the exhibition may be viewed here.

February 1- 25, 2019 | Greg Murr: Blooms

Greg Murr - Second Generation Matter

Greg Murr – Second Generation Matter

Rooted in ancient art and still prevalent today, depictions of blossoms, blooms, and other botanical elements can be found in many of the most significant art movements. There’s no way you can evade the emotive inspiration that comes from flowers. For centuries, humans have exchanged flowers as an expression of the entire emotional range, from “I love you” to “I’m sorry.” In a sophisticated language of color and form, these works by Greg Murr are ephemeral and emotional, with their poetic symbolism rubbing against the mechanisms of value, history, and trade. The artist will be present for the opening.

Artwork in the exhibition may be viewed here.

Opening reception Friday, February 1, from 5-7 pm.

Greg Murr Interview in New American Paintings Blog

Greg Murr - Character Building

Greg Murr – Character Building

There is a great interview with Greg Murr in the New American Paintings Blog, on the back of his being included in the recent NAP issue #101. Greg goes in depth and wanders around his particular vocabulary explaining what it is that he’s up to. An illustrative quote that we really liked is Greg is “…not interested in who we are as much as how and what we are…” In the context of Greg’s recent political work, this is a great key to decoding his enigmatic constructions.  A link to the article is here.

May 16, 2012 | Greg Murr and Shawn Smith Now at Turner Carroll Gallery

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Greg Murr

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Shawn Smith

We are very pleased to say that we are representing two new artists, Greg Murr and Shawn Smith. Greg is an artist we know well, having shown his work in the 1990s before he moved to Germany. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Progressive Collection, among others.

Shawn Smith came to us via collectors in Dallas. His work is sculptural with an aesthetic built on the digital idea of a pixel but rendered in wood. His most recent work is focused on how we experience nature through technology.

For Murr, the arc of nature runs deep within his practice. A fascination with the way the observable world exists outside our everyday awareness guides his work. Since 2008, Murr’s work has featured dogs with their noses to the ground, relying upon instincts to guide them, loose among a world of tangled pearls or fashion’s latest high-heels.

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