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Greg Murr
updated: 04/02/2012
website: www.gregmurr.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Germinal
Tomorrow
Hunch
Capital
New York Drawing
Trail
Fox and Peony
Annunciation and Rapture
Host
With Ribbon
 
Portfolio Keywords:  surreal, animals, consumer culture, gender/sexuality, humor, nature, political, conceptual, social criticism
 
 
Germinal by Greg Murr
Germinal
acrylic, graphite on canvas
2012
31.5" x  58" 
Tomorrow by Greg Murr
Tomorrow
watercolor on paper
2012
16 " x  17 " 
Hunch by Greg Murr
Hunch
watercolor, graphite on paper
2012
16" x  17" 
Capital by Greg Murr
Capital
acrylic, graphite on canvas
2011
63 " x  67 " 
New York Drawing by Greg Murr
New York Drawing
acrylic, graphite on canvas
2011
39.5 " x  22 " 
Trail by Greg Murr
Trail
acrylic, graphite, polymer on canvas
2010
24" x  24" 
Fox and Peony by Greg Murr
Fox and Peony
acrylic, graphite on canvas
2011
29.5 " x  31.5 " 
Annunciation and Rapture by Greg Murr
Annunciation and Rapture
acrylic, graphite on canvas
2011
29.5 " x  31.5 " 
Host by Greg Murr
Host
watercolor on paper
2012
16" x  17" 
With Ribbon by Greg Murr
With Ribbon
watercolor, graphite on paper
2012
16" x  17" 

Artist Statement

In 2008, I began making pictures of dogs with their noses to the ground, relying upon instincts to guide them. Depicted among tangled pearls or fashion’s latest high-heels, the dogs find themselves amidst a material elite’s accoutrements. The recontextual-ization endows them with a peculiar new level of cognizance; they now fulfill the role of surrogate humanity, to remind us of the animal beings that we are. Here, our extravagances and luxury goods may paradoxically illuminate the animal essence we have for so long aspired to transcend. In what ways do we pronounce our mastery over primary needs, or the fundamental issues of survival and security? And how shall we define ourselves and make meaning of our lives, apart from invoking a host of consumer products, brands and services? What exactly is our genuine behavior? In response to such questions, these pictures challenge us to evaluate human nature as animal, and encourage us to think further about the motivations guiding us in all that we do.

For additional information, please visit www.gregmurr.com

Artist Bio / CV

SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2011 The Grammar of the Douro, Árvore, Oporto

2011 Nature, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago

2011 Fluvial, Otterbein University, Columbus, OH

2009 The Usual Politics, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

2009 Mississippi Paintings, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago 

2007 Drawing the Water's Edge, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago

2007 Waterline, James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, ME

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011 The End of the Dream, MicaMoca & WhiteConcepts, Berlin

2011 Ist Es Am Rhein So Schön?, 68elf Galerie, Cologne

2010 Advancing Tradition, Austin Museum of Art

2010 Bestiary, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY 

2009 Americana, The Front, New Orleans

2009 Internal Compasses, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland 

2008 Visions: Contemporary Drawings from the Dyke Collection, Arkansas Art Center (travels to Naples Museum of Art)

2008 Change the Position; Jan Bauer and Greg Murr, Loeser-Marzi Projects, Berlin

2008 Preview Berlin Art Fair, Loeser-Marzi Projects, Berlin

2008 Pressing Matters, Curfman Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins 

2006 Hot Picks/06, Katonah Museum of Art

2006 Greg Murr, Linda Plotkin, Paul Rinaldi, Perimeter Gallery,Chicago

2005 Prints into Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2005 Views from Venice, Center for Book Arts, New York

PUBLICATIONS

Leslie Newell Peacock. "20 Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press," The Arkansas Times, Sep 17, 2011 

Veleanu, Ioana. "Artist Pofile: Greg Murr," ExBerliner, No. 55, Nov 2007  

Artner, Alan. "Murr finds inspiration in the everyday," The Chicago Tribune, Jul 27, 2007

Poroznuk, Amber. "Cartographies: Mapping the Metaphorical," whitehotmagazine, Berlin, Summer 2007

Indyke, Dottie. "Greg Murr; Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM," ArtNews Oct 2000


RESIDENCIES

2007 Flatbed Press

2004 Tamarind Institute 

2003 Robert M. MacNamara Foundation

2003 Morris Graves Foundation

2001 MacDowell Colony


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Davis Museum, Wellesley College 

Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe

Sheldon Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln 

University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque

Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Progressive Art Collection

Whitney Museum of American Art