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From the Archives: 40 yrs ago this month EM opened first solo show in NYC.

Installation view: Elizabeth Murray at Paula Cooper Gallery, November 1976. Featuring L to R: Beginning (1976), Singing School (1976), To be Titled (1976). Courtesy Paula Cooper Archives

From the Archives: 40 yrs ago this month Elizabeth Murray opened her first solo exhibition of painting at Paula Cooper Gallery (155 Wooster Street) New York City. The exhibition featured seven new paintings.

Reviewing the show for The New York Times, John Russell wrote:

We all know about abstract painting in which color and line are each other's best friend. But what if color is awkward, and grouchy and line goes off on its own? That is the problem that Miss Murray poses. None of her paintings is like any of the others, but what we lose in unified statement we make up in potential. These paintings are worth puzzling over, and they are there through Nov. 27.

Installation view: Elizabeth Murray at Paula Cooper Gallery, November 1976. Featuring L to R: Harry (1976), Back (1976), Rolling Ball (1975-76), Rise (1976). Courtesy Paula Cooper Archives