Richard H. Pettibone is active/lives in New York, California. Richard Pettibone is known for pop-art copied paintings.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Creating small 'pocket size' paintings from Pop-Art images already made
famous, Richard Pettibone does artwork that is described as "cloning",
which has resulted in "art that he can call his own." (Smith) His
copies include work by Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns as well as Marcel
Duchamp and Roy Lichtenstein. It is done under the umbrella of
'Dada' and "he has seemed completely unperturbed by this apparent lack
of originality." (Smith) In July, 2005, an exhibition of work by
Pettibone was held at the Philadelphia Institute of Art, and included
were 215 works representing four decades of his career.
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In her review of this exhibition for the New York Times, Roberta
Smith wrote: "The walls are dotted (literally) with tiny versions
of Warhol's soup cans, Marilyns, cows and flowers, the latter sometimes
multiplied into miniature wallpaperlike patches. There are shaped
paintings locked together like puzzle pieces made from dovetailed
versions of Lichtensteins, Warhols and, of course, Frank Stella's early
shaped paintings. A triple stack of diminishing Warhol soup cans
mimics Jasper Johns's Three Flags. More recent works include tiny copies of Mr. Stella's vaunted black paintings, Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase and baby Mondrians whose slightly blurred scaffoldings are intended to recreate the Dutch master's famed optical buzz.
Underlying Richard Pettibone's creations are his commitment to asking
difficult questions such as 'Who owns artistic ideas? What is
originality? Why does art have to be large in size? What happens
when paintings originally done in large size are reduced to small size?
Born in Los Angeles, Pettibone studied at Pasadena City College and the
Otis Art Institute, where he earned an MFA in 1962. In 1964, when
he was still in Los Angeles, he did his first copies of work by Andy
Warhol, Campbell Soup Cans. The next year, he copied work by Ed
Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and Frank Stella. His
mediums are oil on canvas, wood, and silkscreen on canvas.
In 1988, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Roberta Smith, "Imitations That Transcend Flattery", The New York Times, July 15, 2005
Who's Who in American Art, 20th Edition, 1993-1994
Edward Leffingwell, Art in America, November 2003
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