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Catherine Murphy has been celebrated as a representational painter of exceptional precision, and this, her first monograph, "e; Catherine Murphy,"e; surveys her complete work, which unites AmericanMinimalism and American naturalist painting. Murphy has evolved a style that combines obsessiveauthenticity with Minimalist rigor. From the shaded lawns of the New Jersey suburbs to theMassachusetts woods, from childhood interiors to self-portraits and detailed images of buttons and dust, carpeted stairs, or a stuccoed ceiling, Murphy always paints and draws from life, often the domestic andquotidian. John Yau notes in his introduction that, "e;her attachment to the commonplace is not just amatter of convenience, of painting and drawing what she can see from her window or inside herapartment. In her choice of subjects and I am speaking here of Murphy s entire career, which stretchesacross five decades the artist has made a conscious decision to stay true to both what she couldobserve and to her own working-class background, and the aesthetic choices that people of that milieuare constantly making, from illustrated calendars and inexpensive objets d art to wallpaper andrefrigerator magnets."e;"e; "e;"e;
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