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Ronnie Cutrone

 (1948 - 2013)
Ronnie Blaise Curtis Cutrone was active/lived in New York.  Ronnie Cutrone is known for modernist cartoon and pop art painting, collage, mixed media, graphics.

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Ronnie Cutrone


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Ronnie Cutrone is a Pop artist, best known for his large-scale paintings of America's favorite cartoon characters, such as Felix the Cat, Pink Panther and Woody Woodpecker. On the surface, Cutrone's paintings are the essence of pop: colorful, lively, and highly accessible. Many of them seem to be offered with the kind of wide-eyed, non-judgmental attitude one might expect from Cutrone, who was Andy Warhol's immediate assistant at the "art factory" during Warhol's most productive and prestigious years.

"Everything is a cartoon for me," Ronnie Cutrone says. "The ancient manuscripts are taken very seriously but they really are cartoons." After a long apprenticeship to Andy Warhol, during which time Cutrone worked side by side with the Pop master on paintings, prints, films, and concepts, he hit upon the style the critics called "Post-Pop" achieving International acclaim with his first post Warhol show.

Cutrone's works have been exhibited at: Whitney Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Boymans Beunigen Museum (Holland) Museum of Contemporary Art (L.A.) and Important Fine Art Galleries internationally.


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Born in New York City, Ronnie Cutrone studied at the School of Visual Arts. His work has been represented at the Venice Biennale in 1984 as well as other Avant Garde exhibits. He has lived in New York City.

Of this artist, C.S. Ferguson writes:

Ronnie Cutrone was born Ronald Curtis Cutrone in Brooklyn on July l0, l948. He was extremely mischievous as a young boy. He enjoyed teasing, frightening people and was sometimes violent. His father, Mario, was the son of Italian immigrants and was a butcher for many years. His mother, Vera, had visions of grandeur and sent Ronnie to a private school in hopes that someday he would be rich and famous. His father was very proud of him and often told stories of his achievements to the family including the fact that he was friends with Andy Warhol.


Biography from New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc
Ronnie Cutrone, a figurehead of the Pop and Post-Pop art scenes, was Andy Warhol's assistant at the Factory atop the Decker Building from 1972-1980, and worked closely with Roy Lichtenstein, combining stylistic elements of both.  Cutrone's large-scale paintings of American cartoon icons, like Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat, and Woody Woodpecker further reinvented kitsch and popular media in terms of fine art.

Executed in fluorescent monochromatic colors with the finesse of mass-produced silkscreen and prints, Cutrone's works are the reverse of tromp-l'oeil; they use fine art media (watercolor, pastel, crayon - on high-quality paper) to celebrate, rather than hide, the artifice of their subjects. "Everything is cartoon for me", Cutrone is noted for saying, even "ancient manuscripts…[they] are taken very seriously, but they are also cartoons."

Cutrone's works are exhibited and conserved in numerous galleries and museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum; the MOMA (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam).


Biography from GallArt.com
Ronnie Cutrone (born 1948) is a Pop artist best known for his large-scale paintings of America's favorite cartoon characters, such as Felix the Cat, Pink Panther and Woody Woodpecker.

Cutrone's paintings are colorful, lively, and highly accessible. He was Andy Warhol's assistant at the factory from 1972 until 1980, Warhol's most productive years. During that time, as Cutrone worked with Warhol on paintings, prints, films, and concepts, he hit upon the style the critics called "Post-Pop." And, along with Mary Woronov and Gerard Malanga, danced onstage with the Velvet Underground and Nico as part of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable show.

He showed at the Niveau Gallery in 1979 with a Scottish artist called Mike Gall, who showed paintings of Snoopy, Mickey and Minnie mouse, the Pink Panther and also a small series of Peter Rabbit paintings. In this exhibition no evidence of the style the critics would call "Post-Pop" could be seen in Cutrone's work. Victor Hugo was the other artist who was featured in this three man group show which was called Three New New York Artists.

In 1980, Cutrone's place was taken by Jay Shriver so that Cutrone could concentrate on his own painting. He achieved international acclaim with his very first post-Warhol show. At the same time Mike Gall died in a car crash in Scotland following the death of his father.

Together with Kenny Scharf, Cutrone revived the comic strip in painting. By using established comic characters such as Woody Woodpecker and Felix the Cat, Cutrone rephrased themes of originality and authorship, and of low-brow taste and fine art, which makes him directly indebted to Pop Art of early Sixties. His use of bright and fluorescent colours encouraged Andy Warhol's return to such hues of heightened artificiality.

"Everything is a cartoon for me," Ronnie Cutrone says. "The ancient manuscripts are taken very seriously but they really are cartoons."

Cutrone's works have been exhibited at: Whitney Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and fine art galleries internationally.

Cutrone was married three times. His first wife was makeup artist Gigi Williams. In 1986 he married Kelly Cutrone. His third wife was Israeli Einat Katav.


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About  Ronnie Cutrone

Born:  1948 - New York City
Died:   2013 - Lake Peekskill, New York
Known for:  modernist cartoon and pop art painting, collage, mixed media, graphics