by Jeffrey Edalatpour
Elizabeth Murray's paintings aren't contained within picture frames. They burst through, out of and beyond the confines of ordinary rectangles. "Spotlight on Elizabeth Murray" (at Stanford University's Anderson Collection through March 25) features nearly a dozen of her oddly shaped constructions.
Instead of making a collage to fit inside of a frame, Murray (1940-2007) started each new work by sketching out her ideas. Then her bulbous, gangly forms would come to dictate the organic shapes of her canvases.