Richard Pettibone, ‘Jasper Johns (Disappearance II, 1961)’, 1969, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.

Signature: Signed, titled and dated in pen on the stretcher verso. Inscribed on the verso by the artist in green felt tip pen "J#54"

About Richard Pettibone

As a young painter, Richard Pettibone began replicating on a miniature scale works by newly famous artists, and later also modernist masters, signing the original artist’s name as well as his own. His versions of Andy Warhol’s soup cans, Jasper Johns’ flags, Frank Stella’s black paintings, and countless more works by Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, and Constantin Brancusi—all pocket-sized to evoke the intimacy of the model trains he loved as a child—incited considerable controversy. Pettibone is often seen has having paved the way for 1980s appropriation art, raising questions about the ownership of ideas and the nature of originality that are still debated today. Writing in The New York Times, Roberta Smith notes that something besides imitation prevails in his work: “formal rigor, the personalizing effects of scale and touch, faith in materials as carriers of artistic meaning and, above all, hard-nosed, even hypercritical reverence.”

American, b. 1938, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

Richard Pettibone. 64 Paintings, 9 Works, Castelli Gallery, New York
Already Famous, Collectors Contemporary, Singapore
Richard Pettibone - 1964-2009, Galerie Mitterrand, Paris

Group Shows on Artsy

Icons by Legends Online, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York
Pop Masterworks on paper, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York
Miniatures, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York
2016 Summer Group Show, Collectors Contemporary, Singapore
The Natural Order of Things, Museo Jumex, Mexico City