If Only Cup, 1997-98 signed twice, titled twice and dated twice 'IF ONLY CUP NOV JAN 1998 Elizabeth Murray' and further annotated for color (on the reverse) oil on canvas and plywood 68 x 72in. (172.7 x 182.9cm)
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
LITERATURE: D. Frankel, "Ifs, Ands, and Buts: Elizabeth Murray's If Only, 1997-98", in ArtForum, vol. XXXVI, no. 7, March 1998, pp. 70-75 (illustrated in color in various states of completion).
"I think of art as a tool. It saved my life. It's a way to escape. For a few minutes each day I can count on it, I can get out of myself and lose myself in my work. Most people can relate to that, when they're doing something they really enjoy doing. And it helps you puzzle out the world, and all its contradictions, all the painful parts, all the hilarious parts. It's soothing to me. And it's the only time I feel I know what I am doing." (Murray quoted in J. Hagedorn, "Elizabeth Murray", in Bomb, no. 62, Winter 1998).
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