Assistant to Andy Warhol from 1972-1982, Ronnie Cutrone was indispensable in creating the body of work Warhol produced during this ten-year span. Acting as a sort of elder statesman the young artist of the Lower East Side, Cutrone was a key first member of the stellar roster Tony Shafrazi culled, which would also include Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others. Cutrone is the direct link between the end of the Warhol Pop era and the post-Pop world of 1980s New York.
From 1994, this untitled work on paper depicts Woody Woodpecker, a favorite subject of the many cartoon characters Ronnie used in his work. Unlike the Pop Artists who referenced cartoons, Cutrone’s work is not reappropriation, nor does it deal in irony. The cartoon characters in Ronnie’s world are mythological figures, deified replacements for religious paintings in post-nuclear America. —Courtesy of Doyle
Signature: Signed Ronnie Cutrone (ll), dated 1994 (lr)
Image rights: Courtesy of Doyle
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About Ronnie Cutrone
American, 1948-2013, based in New York, New York