Among the many unique figures who were a part of the Factory scene, few were as truly close to Andy Warhol as Ronnie Cutrone (1948-2013). Arriving on the scene in 1965, still a high school student, Cutrone performed with Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable, before they evolved into the Velvet Underground. Ronnie worked closely with Warhol, helping to launch Interview magazine, as well as seminal design venues, such as the Mudd Club. From 1972 until 1982, Cutrone was Andy’s assistant, indispensable in creating a body of work with Warhol during that ten-year span. Cutrone’s personal artwork is indebted to Pop Art, but very much its own animal, bereft of the satirical re-appropriation that was exemplified by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Wesselmann and others. Cutrone’s many cartoon characters were icons, representing archetypal figures and ideas, updating and modernizing the religious painting. In a telling quote, Cutrone stated, “Everything is a cartoon for me. The ancient manuscripts are taken very seriously but they are really cartoons.” Ronnie Cutrone was the linchpin figure of Downtown NYC 80s Contemporary Art – the person who blazed the path, making New York possible for new paintings again, post-Warhol, post-Pop, showing a way to embrace the influence of one’s past, yet push on into the new. Ronnie Cutrone’s importance as mentor and artist opened the door for a renaissance of downtown artists, beginning in the early 80s and continuing onto today.
Framed. Dimensions of Frame: 47.5 x 84 x 2"
Condition: Tipped to backing. Mold stain at bottom left corner, running vertically at left edge approximately 8 inches. Stain runs along entire bottom edge, with heaviest staining at left corner.
Signature: Signed Ronnie Cutrone, dated 1987 and inscribed as titled (lr).
The Estate of Ronnie Cutrone
About Ronnie Cutrone
American, 1948-2013, based in New York, New York