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These are from a series of works in which Murphy presented German banknotes printed during the inflationary period leading to the collapse of the Deutschmark in 1923. Murphy wanted to make a comparison between aesthetic value and monetary value in art. He also drew a parallel between buying a work of art, and connecting with the ideas behind it so that when you buy a work of art, you also ‘buy in’ to its concept. Murphy deliberately selected banknotes that used images from ‘high art’, thus retaining their artistic status despite the fact that they were now worthless as currency.

May 2003