On View

Sad Sack

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Sad Sack

Artist: Elizabeth Murray (American, 1940 - 2007)
Date: 1989
Medium: Oil on canvas and wood
Overall: 80 1/4 x 72 1/8 x 23 in. (203.8 x 183.2 x 58.4 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1990.12
Accession number: 1990.12
Classification: painting
In Collection(s)
Label TextElizabeth Murray's work ranges from her early rectangular canvases, suggesting the influence of Constructivism, to shaped or fragmented canvases of biomorphic imagery. Source: News, November/December 1987.
At the beginning of her career Murray worked with traditional rectangular canvases. As her work developed she began to shape the canvases and then overlap them, striving to achieve a three-dimensional painting. Sad Sack fully epressses this investigation. After making a full-scale drawing and small clay model of the form, an armature was made out of soft plywood that was built up in layers and then sanded to achieve the rounded form. Canvas was stretched around and onto the armature. Source: NEWS January February 1991
Exhibition History"Commitment, Community and Controversy: The Des Moines Art Center Collections," Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 1998 - May 10, 1998

"From Body to Being: Reflections on the Human Image," Des Moines Art Center, Feb. 1 - May 4, 1997

"Paintings Off the Wall," Sheldon Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Oct. 1 - Dec. 1991
Published ReferencesAN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. p.206, color ill. p.207
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