I was just informed that abstract painter Elizabeth Murray passed away. I have never met her or, to be honest, been a follower of her work, but it does sadden me to find out about her death. These kinds of news always make you think about your own mortality. As a young artist in New York it is quite normal to sometimes run into big name artists who, at very young ages, made it to the pages of many art history books. While working at the pigment store I have come to meet Brice Marden, Kiki Smith, Ross Bleckner, and Joel Shapiro, all contemporaries of Elizabeth Murray. When you meet these people, no matter how bratty or crazy they might be, you never think about them passing anytime soon. It makes you realize that you never know when your time might be up. So with this in mind, I think I have to make the most of my life and continue painting.
Here's the link to the New York Times story.