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Mike Bidlo, ‘Untitled (Not a Pollock)’, 1983, Sotheby's

Property of a Private Collection, Philadelphia

Signature: signed and dated 83 on the reverse

Acquired by the present owner directly from the artist

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

2013
Francis M. Naumann Fine Art at The Armory Show 2013