Today the Estate of Robert De Niro Sr. announced Catherine Murphy as the winner of the Robert De Niro St. Prize for 2013. The merit-based prize, which pays tribute to the work and legacy of accomplished painter Robert De Niro Sr., focuses on a mid-career American artist devoted to the pursuit of excellence and innovation in painting.
Murphy will receive this year’s $25,000 prize administered by TFI for her considerable contribution to the field of painting. Murphy is the third recipient of the prize.
Robert De Niro Sr. was part of the celebrated New York School of post-war American artists. In his honor, this award was created by his son and TFI founder Robert De Niro to support the next generation of artistic achievements.
Catherine Murphy's work has been the focus of museum exhibitions, from her first in 1976 to a recent exhibition at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, New York. Works by Murphy are in important private and public collections, including Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Thomas Olbricht Collection, Berlin.
A selection committee of distinguished individuals in the art world was appointed to nominate candidates and select the prize recipient. It included: Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York; Editor-in-Chief at Art in America magazine, Lindsay Pollock; artist, Wall Street Journal art critic, author of the novel The Art Critic, Peter Plagens; and art historian and scholar Robert Storr, Yale University’s Dean of the School of Art.
Catherine Murphy is represented by Peter Freeman Inc., New York.
[Photo: Catherine Murphy's In the Grass, 2011, oil on canvas, 48 1/4 x 75 1/4 inches (122.5 x 191.1 cm), Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection, image provided courtesy Peter Freeman, Inc. New York]