Catherine Murphy, “Becalmed,” 2017, oil on canvas, 54 x 72 inches

Peter Freeman, Inc. is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Catherine Murphy, in the artist’s first solo show since the release of a major new monograph on her work by John Yau. Details here!

On view January 11 through February 24 at Peter Freeman, Inc. in New York City are new works by Catherine Murphy. “In her paintings and drawings, Murphy’s career-long interest has been in decoding reality as a place of constant and inevitable change,” the gallery writes, “realizing abstract ideas through the exploration of everyday objects and situations. She inverts the viewer’s expectations and blurs boundaries — between interior and exterior, flatness and depth, background and foreground — and in doing so, upsets assumptions about the places she represents and the people who live their lives in them. In the newest works, Murphy has looked to her immediate surroundings both within and outside of her own home, continuing — in a profoundly personal way — a keen interest in depicting the most common surroundings that usually escape our notice but nevertheless influence our perception.

Catherine Murphy, “Stacked,” 2017, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches
Catherine Murphy, “Painting Drawing Painting,” 2017, oil on canvas, 51 x 72 inches

“Instead of stable, conventional spaces, Murphy often sets up specifically-defined formal situations. With a Minimalist formal rigor, her starting point is scale and geometry: yet her colors, patterns, and textures all bear information and narrative potential. Her depiction of an immediate, often intimate moment, establishes an implied open-ended narrative.”

An opening reception will be held on January 11 from 6-8 p.m. To learn more, visit Peter Freeman, Inc.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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