Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray
Kristi Zea | USA | 2016 | 60 min
European premiere on Wednesday 20 September at Rialto Amsterdam. In selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas in October.
EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking feminist artist Elizabeth Murray.
The film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. As her paintings defied efforts at categorization, Murray herself broke convention, leaving an indelible imprint on contemporary art and becoming the fifth woman to be celebrated with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in 2005.
From her early 1960’s “funk-inflected pop” and her painterly minimalism in the 70’s, to her dynamic fractured canvases of the 1990s and 2000s, Murray worked without hesitation through – and often in spite of – market trends, historical movements and her failing health, until she lost her life to cancer in 2007.
EVERYBODY KNOWS… ELIZABETH MURRAY chronicles Murray's remarkable journey with a mix of interviews with artists, curators and friends, private home videos and excerpts from her journals, voiced by Meryl Streep, and traces Murray's life, from years as a struggling single mother to having a growing family and thriving career.
“The movie shows the great variety of Murray's always vivid, colorful work, and culminates with a triumph not just for Murray but also, as the film takes pains to point out, for women in American art” - The New York Times
"The film is an exemplary integration of personal history, cultural context and the exposition of the artistic process." – Two Coats of Paint
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