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Curator Robert Storr at the "Elizabeth Murray" press conference, with Quake Shoe (1992-93), left, and Dis Pair (1989-90)
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by Jerry Saltz

"Elizabeth Murray," Oct. 23, 2005-Jan. 9, 2006, at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10019

Rather than use Elizabeth Murray's ravishing retrospective to trace her painterly progress, let's ask why -- as admired as she is, and even though her paintings are like wall-bound fish-eyed Richard Serras -- Murray, 65, isn't more widely recognized as one of the best American painters since 1960.