Richard Pettibone is one of the early pioneers of Appropriation Art, a movement which gathered force in the 1980s with the practice of quoting, copying or deforming objects or pre-existing works of art. The selection of works here precede that movement as they were created by Pettibone between 1964 and 1975. Living in Los Angeles, Pettibone began painting his emblematic series of miniature replicas or copies of works by his New York contemporaries, true to the scale of reproduction of the images in Artforum magazine. By appropriating artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, or Frank Stella, Pettibone created his own genre and sometimes even associated or linked the artists together in his ‘Combine Paintings’ series. The large selection of Pettibone’s iconic artworks on view here includes, among others, a Warholian soup can painting, one of the flowers series, and a Brillo box; as well as an appropriation of Lichtenstein’s Fastest Gun and a Rouen Cathedral, which was interestingly further a riff on Monet’s Rouen paintings.
Richard Pettibone (born 1938 in Los Angeles) graduated from the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles. His first solo exhibitions were held at the Ferus Gallery in 1965 and at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1969. He has been the subject of significant retrospective exhibitions at the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art in 2005, at the Laguna Art Museum in 2006, and more recently at the Flag Art Foundation in New York in 2018–2019. His works feature among the collections of numerous institutions including the MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, as well as the MoCA in Los Angeles. He lives and works in Charlotteville, New York.