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Robert Arneson, ‘Blueprint for a Self Portrait’, 1968-1969, Brian Gross Fine Art
Robert Arneson, ‘Blueprint for a Self Portrait’, 1968-1969, Brian Gross Fine Art
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Robert Arneson

Blueprint for a Self Portrait, 1968-1969

Magna on canvas
32 × 26 in
81.3 × 66 cm
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San Francisco
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About the work
Robert Arneson
American, 1930–1992
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Known for his colorful ceramic sculptures, Robert Arneson is considered the founder of the Funk Art movement, a strand of Californian Pop Art. Departing from the original influence of Picasso’s early ceramics on his work, Arneson significantly advanced the status of clay as an artistic form, appropriating functional items like pots, bricks, telephones, and toilets, and turning them into objects of absurdist humor. His visual puns—a phallic teapot, a toaster with a hand inside it—became surreal, sometimes controversial, statements. Arneson also produced highly colored drawings and sculpted self-portraits; his busts playfully mocked the figure of the artist in the world. His style has been compared to that of writers like Thomas Pynchon or Kurt Vonnegut, presenting a cartoonish or caricatured version of life.

Robert Arneson, ‘Blueprint for a Self Portrait’, 1968-1969, Brian Gross Fine Art
Robert Arneson, ‘Blueprint for a Self Portrait’, 1968-1969, Brian Gross Fine Art
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About the work
Robert Arneson
American, 1930–1992
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Known for his colorful ceramic sculptures, Robert Arneson is considered the founder of the Funk Art movement, a strand of Californian Pop Art. Departing from the original influence of Picasso’s early ceramics on his work, Arneson significantly advanced the status of clay as an artistic form, appropriating functional items like pots, bricks, telephones, and toilets, and turning them into objects of absurdist humor. His visual puns—a phallic teapot, a toaster with a hand inside it—became surreal, sometimes controversial, statements. Arneson also produced highly colored drawings and sculpted self-portraits; his busts playfully mocked the figure of the artist in the world. His style has been compared to that of writers like Thomas Pynchon or Kurt Vonnegut, presenting a cartoonish or caricatured version of life.

Robert Arneson

Blueprint for a Self Portrait, 1968-1969

Magna on canvas
32 × 26 in
81.3 × 66 cm
Contact For Price
Location
San Francisco
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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