Mike Bidlo, ‘Not de Kooning’, 1984, Sotheby's

Executed in 1984.

Signature: signed

Wessel O'Connor Gallery, Lambertville
Private Collection
Christie's, New York, 19 September 2012, Lot 30
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Mike Bidlo

A controversial figure known for his appropriation of paintings, sculptures, and performances by 20th-century masters such as Picasso, Warhol, Duchamp, and Pollock, Mike Bidlo approaches iconic modernist works as readymades. Bidlo has staged renowned performances re-enacting Warhol’s Factory and Pollock’s action paintings and famous act of urinating into Peggy Guggenheim’s fireplace. For Matisse/Picasso: A Cross Examination (2003), Bidlo produced large-scale murals of Picasso’s and Matisse’s heads on the walls of MOMA’s PS1, appropriated from the two artists’ self-portraits. A central member of the appropriationist movement in 1980s New York, Bidlo associated with Philip Taaffe and Sherrie Levine. “Tight-assed art historical taboos,” he has said, “I’m interested in exploring and penetrating those taboos.”

American, b. 1953, Chicago, Illinois, based in New York, New York

Fair History on Artsy

Francis M. Naumann Fine Art at The Armory Show 2013