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Volume 77, Number 12 | August 22 - 28, 2007

Obituary

Memorial for Elizabeth Murray at poetry club

A “day of praise” will be held for artist Elizabeth Murray this Sat., Aug. 25, at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Murray, 66, died Aug. 12 in Upstate New York. The cause of death was complications of lung cancer.

A Chicago native and Tribeca resident, according to The New York Times, she reshaped Modernist abstraction by using “a high-spirited, cartoon-based, language of form whose subjects included domestic life, relationships and the nature of painting itself.”

Murray’s first marriage was to Don Sunseri, a classmate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They had a son, Dakota. They later divorced and Murray married the poet Bob Holman, proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, with whom she had two daughters.

Murray is survived by Holman, their daughters, Sophia Murray Holman and Daisy Murray Holman; her son, Dakota Sunseri, of Los Angeles; a sister, Susan Murray Resnick, of Taos, N.M.; a brother, Thomas Murray, of St. Mary’s, Ga.; and two grandchildren.

Cards and letters can be sent to Bob Holman at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012.


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