Biography

American artist Judith Murray has created a trademark language that is abstract and deeply expressive. Oil paintings from early in her career in the 1970s exhibited stark and incisive forms in red, white, yellow and black. The vertical bar down the right-hand edge of the canvas that first appeared in those paintings has become a permanent element in all her work, in effect anchoring the rest of the canvas to the picture’s frame. Over the years, she has remained faithful to the use of only these four colors, mixing and combining them to produce a seemingly infinite variety of hues. The discipline of restricting her palette has given a kind of subliminal, even invisible, stability to her work. More recently, Murray has been creating large-scale paintings in which mostly short brushstrokes scramble and chase each other in lively patterns across the canvas. In her latest paintings, scattered among the animated brushstrokes are abstract, eccentric geometric shapes in her basic four colors that combine these multiple compositional components to make a single statement.

Judith Murray has had solo shows at the legendary Clocktower, New York; PS 1/MoMA, New York; the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; as well as many gallery exhibitions including at the historic Betty Parsons Gallery in 1976. She is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Painting; a Guggenheim Fellowship; and The National Endowment of the Arts Award. Murray was inducted into The National Academy in 2009.

Judith Murray’s work is in numerous notable public and private collections, including those of the United States Embassy in Mumbai; the royal family of Abu Dhabi; the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; The Brooklyn Museum; The Contemporary Museum, Hawaii; and the New York Public Library. Murray has been commissioned three times by Lincoln Center to create a print edition for its “Mostly Mozart” program. Her paintings and drawings have been included in numerous anthologies. As a young artist Murray was artist-in-residence with the United States State Department Information Agency in Poland. She has taught and lectured at several universities.

Murray works and lives in New York and Florida.

Duo
Singapore
Duo
Judith Murray and Robert Yasuda October 17 – November 27, 2014
To Be a Lady
Singapore
To Be a Lady
An International Celebration of Women in the Arts October 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Judith Murray
NY | CHELSEA
Judith Murray
Without Borders May 10 – June 16, 2012
Judith Murray
NY | Chelsea
Judith Murray
Continuum April 16 – May 23, 2009
Judith Murray
Beverly Hills
Judith Murray
Continuum February 21 – March 29, 2009
Judith Murray
NY | Chelsea
Judith Murray
Phases and Layers October 5 – November 4, 2006
Judith Murray
NY | Chelsea
Judith Murray
Small Works April 4 – 17, 2005
Judith Murray
NY | Chelsea
Judith Murray
Energies and Equations October 6 – November 11, 2004
The Paintings of Judith Murray
NY | Chelsea
The Paintings of Judith Murray
March 14 – April 12, 2003
DUO
Publication
DUO
Judith Murray and Robert Yasuda
Judith Murray
Publication
Judith Murray
Without Borders
Judith Murray
Publication
Judith Murray
Continuum
Judith Murray
Publication
Judith Murray
From Vibrato to Legato
Judith Murray
Publication
Judith Murray
Seeing into the Abstract
Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
Press
Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
500 Best Galleries Worldwide July 2013

Sundaram Tagore Gallery has been named one of the top galleries in the world by Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters magazine.

The Edge Singapore
Press
The Edge Singapore
Space for Art October 2012

Curator Sundaram Tagore tells Aimee Chan why the new art development at Gillman Barracks is so current and important.

Art Critical
Press
Art Critical
Neither Hats Nor Unicorns June 2012

Judith Murray’s current show at Sundaram Tagore presents a stunning departure for this boldly original painter with a significant body of work dating to the 1970s. She could be classed as a latter-day Abstract Expressionist in that her work is always abstract and also deeply expressive.

ARTgazine
Press
ARTgazine
A Vibrant Platform for Modern and Contemporary Art September 2009

"The Art section of Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair 2009 will feature exceptional works by celebrated artists in a diversity of artistic styles and media. Sundaram Tagore Gallery of New York, Beverly Hills and Hong Kong will show work that encourages a dialogue between the East and West. Featured artists include Hiroshi Senju(Japan), Sohan Qadri (India) and Kim Joon (Korea) along with Susan Weil (USA), Natvar Bhavsar (India)."

Brooklyn Rail
Press
Brooklyn Rail
Judith Murray: Continuum April 16 - May 23, 2009

Critical Perspectives on Arts, Politics, and Culture:
Murray's radiant painting represent a case for the perceptual and the tactile, as well as for an inclusive, open-ended formalism. They look easy, and not, to make, the result of spontaneous bursts of creation as well as arduous structuring and re-structuring. Their ambiguity and darkness are overridden by a fierce optimism powered by a belief in beauty that is both canonical and dissident, idealized and lashed by intimations of mortality.

South China Morning Post
Press
South China Morning Post
Preview: Here and Now at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March 2009

Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.

Sing Tao Daily
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Sing Tao Daily
May 7, 2008

"...With two other locations in New York and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Sundaram Tagore Gallery represents some of the most well known contemporary artists, such as Hiroshi Senju and Judith Murray..."

Asian Art News
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Asian Art News
New Openings May/June 2008

"Gallerist Sundaram Tagore said, "All these artists have spent their lives working in and exploring different Eastern and Western cultures - including India, China, Nepal, Japan, Italy, Holland and America. Together they create an incredible mosaic and foster an intercultural dialogue that reflects a diversity of thought and artistic style."

Booklist Online
Press
Booklist Online
Judith Murray: Phases and Layers June 1 & 15, 2007

"Meditative scenes of the artist working in her studio and adding layers of paint to the large canvas . . . are paired with Murray's fascinating voice-over observations. Scenes from a 2005 New York art exhibit, slides of her work, and commentary from an art historian and other experts add depth to this illuminating program."

Newsday
Press
Newsday
Scratching the 'Surface' and teasing your senses April 20, 2007

"The Islip show 'Surface Impressions' features topographical works such as La Forza Del Destina "

Arabian Business
Press
Arabian Business
The Art of Business March 25th, 2007

"Today, everything is condensed in time. What took 100 years, today takes about ten years and that's largely because of the internet revolution."

Art in America
Press
Art in America
Judith Murray at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March 2007

"Murray's paintings . . . speak with sophistication and energy."

ARTnews
Press
ARTnews
Reviews: New York: Judith Murray January 2007

"...What was most alluring about the recent works was the way Murray built up their surfaces to convey depth and motion. Her dexterity with paint seems to have released her creative energy and pinned it to the canvas..."

American Academy of Arts and Letters
Press
American Academy of Arts and Letters
Academy Award in Art May 18, 2005

"[Murray] has reinvented an abstraction which is nature."

ARTnews
Press
ARTnews
Judith Murray January 2005

"Murray is exploring a difficult coloristic terrain . . . These painting are confined almost courageously to a narrow range of colors with the repeated admixture of white to vary them . . ."

Art in America
Press
Art in America
Judith Murray at Sundaram Tagore October 2003

"Murray's lyrical pictures are fraught with references to an earlier, distinctly French method of building up the surface. This . . . goes a long way toward explaining their emotional charge."

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