Rob Pruitt, ‘The Universe’, 2014, Public Art Fund 2017 Spring Benefit

Rob Pruitt’s career has always walked the line between playful and provocative - a piece called Cocaine Buffet was literally inhaled by the art world in the late nineties. Thriving on shock, Pruitt has displayed his father’s ashes at multiple exhibitions, and once gave a book signing in the nude, with only a small stuffed panda on his lap. From 2014, The Universe (marker on plywood) is a Boschian pastiche populated by lurid figures and logos, flashy as they are flatulent. Pruitt has recently had solo exhibitions at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and Massimo de Carlo in Hong Kong. Pruitt presented The Andy Monument with Public Art Fund in the spring of 2011, inspired by Warhol’s art and life, this public sculpture served as a tribute to the late artist. It depicts Warhol as a ghostly, silver presence: a potent cultural force as both artist and self-created myth.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise New York/Rome

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