Richard Pettibone | the artist

The artist Richard Pettibone
Born 1938, , USA.
Lives and works in New York, .

Style and technique of the artist: Painting,

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For more than 40 years, the artist Richard Pettibone has thought small in at least two ways. He has relentlessly produced exquisitely accurate pocket-size copies of modernist masterworks by artists from Duchamp and Brancusi to Lichtenstein and Warhol. In addition, he has seemed completely unperturbed by this apparent lack of originality. What has it gotten him? Certainly not the attention he deserves...

Richard Pettibone's small construction/paintings of the 1960s — appropriations of work by Warhol, Stella, and Lichtenstein — were a defining aspect of a peculiarly West Coast current of "Conceptual Pop." His earliest works were shadow-box assemblages addressing his interest in model making, especially toy trains and airplanes. In the 1960s he found his voice in diminutive "copies" of newly famous New York pop artists. Always framed and constructed upon miniature stretcher bars, they are usually presented in single-image replication...

Richard Pettibone is the superstar exponent of appropriation art.

Pettibone's earliest works were shadow-box assemblages, many featuring locomotives. But it was in the small painting constructions he began to make in the 1960s that he found his medium--tracing details from works by then newly famous artists like Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and Roy Lichtenstein from the pages of Artforum, then silk-screening, painting, and framing them on tiny, handcrafted stretcher bars...

Works in the MOMA collection