Rob Pruitt, ‘Pa’, 2001, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
"When I was 10 years old the Nixon White House received a gift of two pandas (Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing) from China. I was enthralled, and being from Washington DC, I asked my father to take me to the zoo as frequently as he could. I loved to take pictures and make drawings, and I felt a deep connection to them. As a child, you don’t intellectualize your passions — they wash over you. Fast-forward to being an adult and an artist: I found that the panda was a symbol that not only had deep personal relevance but also addressed larger issues. It’s a symbol that teaches us to revere nature, to tread lightly and compassionately." Rob Pruitt, 2014
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed and dated "Rob Pruitt 2001" on the stretcher

New York, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Pandas and Bamboo, February 24 – March 24, 2001

Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Rob Pruitt

Rob Pruitt blends a Pop sensibility with witty critiques of the art world. For his Art Awards (2009 and 2010), one of his more conceptual projects, Pruitt presented awards at the Guggenheim Museum in the manner of the Academy Awards; 101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself (2001) was a set of DIY ideas for art making, like "make a leaf out of paper and tape it to a tree" or "sell a collector a key to your house." In 2011, Pruitt made The Andy Monument, a ten-foot-tall silver statue of Andy Warhol presented as a public artwork in New York's Union Square.

American, b. 1964, Washington, D.C., based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

I ♥ Père Lachaise Cemetery

Group Shows

New York,
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The Postmodern

Fair History on Artsy

Massimo De Carlo at Art Basel 2013
Massimo De Carlo at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013
Massimo de Carlo at The Armory Show 2013