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Resting Rock

1961
35 x 30 in. (88.9 x 76.2 cm)

Walter Tandy Murch (AKA Walter Murch)
American (Toronto, Canada, 1907 - 1967)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1998.78
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Location: Not currently on view

Walter Murch’s poetic depictions of objects—clocks, gears, light bulbs, tools, stones—defy easy categorization. A unique figure among his contemporaries of the 1950s and 1960s, Murch was good friends with another outlier artist, Joseph Cornell, whose work The Admiral’s Game is on display nearby. The two shared an interest in the poetic significance of mundane objects. Through their eyes, a common object like a rock or a scrap of weathered wood is transformed into something mysterious and extraordinary.

[Summer 2015]

Provenance
Artist (Betty Parsons Gallery, NY); purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Fleischman, Detroit, MI; private collection, United States; Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1998

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Modern Art: Who, What, and Why? Materials accompanying a teacher inservice presentation at MAG Spring 2008
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013


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