Greg Murr

Paintings

Greg Murr examines the aesthetics and implications of various systems that shape our everyday reality yet remain outside our everyday consciousness. He combines painting and drawing in airy compositions that function as philosophical inquiries into the flux of the natural world. In a series of work about bodies of water, Murr abstracts cartographic and satellite images of rivers into watercolor streaks that create a sense of dynamism and produce what he sees as an environmentally specific vocabulary for each body of water. In a series of work titled “The Usual Politics,” Murr depicts dogs amidst strands of pearls. The seemingly discordant imagery deals in metaphor, juxtaposing the animalistic tendencies of humans with the consumer-driven impulses that govern contemporary society.

Greg Murr’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, including the Austin Museum of Art (2011), the Arkansas Art Center (2008) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2005), and is in numerous public and private collections.

Artist Info

Greg Murr


Biography


Born in 1971 in Ohio/USA
Lives and works in Berlin/DE and New York/USA

Education

1997
MFA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM/USA
1993
BA, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC/USA
1992
Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London/GB
 

Awards and residencies

2013

Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award

2007

Flatbed Press, Austin, TX/USA

2004

Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM/USA

2003

Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, ME/USA
Morris Graves Foundation, Loleta, CA/USA

2001

MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH/USA

 

Selected solo exhibitions

2016

The universe in all we touch, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2014

All that came before is before me now, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL/USA
Spectral, with Deenesh Ghyczy, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2013

Unseen Nature, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach/USA
2012 Nature, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2011

The Grammar of the Douro, Arvore School of Art, Oporto/PT
Notes and Observations on Nature, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago/USA
Fluvial, Miller Art Gallery, Otterbein University, Columbus, Ohio/USA

2010

Fluvial – Water Drawings, Miller Gallery/Otterbein University, Columbus, Ohio/USA
Grammar of the Douro, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2009

The Usual Politics, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York/USA
Mississippi Paintings, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago/USA
Awash – cambi fantastici della laguna veneziana, Galleria il Sotoportego, Venice/IT

2008

Change the position I, Gallery artMbassy, Berlin/DE

2007

Drawing the Water’s Edge, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL/USA
Waterline, James Patrick Gallery, Wiscasset, ME/USA

2006

Land and Sea, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice/IT

2005

Hudson River Overview, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT/USA

2004

Tropism; New Works on Paper, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice/IT

2003

New Drawings and Paintings, Perimeter Gallery, New York, NY/USA

2001

Recent Paintings, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM/USA (also 2000, 1999, 1998)

Selected group shows

2017

Tamarind Salon, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque/USA

2015

Print Love; Celebrating the Print Center at 100, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA/USA
Libri d´Artista della Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Associazione Culturale la Roggia, Pordenone/IT

2014

Red, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM/USA
Cartographia, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA/USA
The Space Between, Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE/USA
COPYLEFT #1, Copyright Projects, Berlin/DE

2013

Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery/Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem/USA
Line Up – Landschaft im Dialog, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin/DE

2012

Not the Usual Politics, Rose Contemporary Gallery, Portland/USA

2011

Ist Es Am Rhein So Schoen, 68elf Galerie, Cologne/DE
Im Zeichen der Abstraktion, Ausstellungsraum Juergen Bahr, Cologne/DE
The End of the Dream, MicaMoca & WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2010

Advancing Tradition; 20 Years of Printmaking, Flatbed Press Museum of Austin/USA
Bestiary, The Wassaic Project, Maxon Mills/Wassaic, New York/USA
Cities in flux, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Abstraction, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL/USA
Gesture, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH/USA

2009

Internal Compasses, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland/USA
Space Matrix 01, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
Americana, The Front, New Orleans/USA

2008

Preview Artfair Berlin, Gallery artMbassy, Berlin/DE
Visions: Contemporary Drawings from the Dyke Collection, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock/USA
and Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL/USA

2006

Hot Picks/06, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY/USA
Fresh Ink; Flatbed Editions, Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery, Austin, TX/USA
Greg Murr, Linda Plotkin, Paul Rinaldi, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL/USA
Premio Leonardo Sciascia, Centro per l´Incisione, Museo dell´Agro Veientano, Formello,Rome/IT

2005

Prints into Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY/USA
Fresh Ink: Prints from Flatbed Press, Salt Lake Arts Center, Salt lake City, UT/USA
Unseen Forces; Greg Murr and Lana Bernberg, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL/USA
Views from Venice; the Collection of the Scuola di Grafica, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY/USA
Inaugural Exhibition, JET Artworks, Washington, D.C./USA

2004

Printed Matter, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT/USA
Chaos/Control, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL/USA
Emerging: Franklin Evans, Greg Murr, Ruby Palmer, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, CT/USA

Public collections


Árvore Cooperativa, Porto/PT
Davis Museum, Wellesley College/USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico/USA
Peter Raue Collection, Berlin/DE
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia/USA
Progressive Collection, Kansas City/USA
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice/IT
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln/USA
University of New Mexico Art Museum/USA
U.S. Embassy, Kazakhstan
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina/USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York/USA