The FLAG Art Foundation presents Richard Pettibone: Endless Variation.
Pettibone’s small-scale replicas of iconic masterpieces by artists ranging from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to Marcel Duchamp, to modern masters such as Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, speak to themes of reproduction, originality, and authorship—ideas as relevant in today’s art world as when Pettibone began exploring these ideas through painting and sculpture in the early 1960s.
Richard Pettibone (b. 1938, Alhambra, CA) is an artist living and working in Charlotteville, NY. A pioneer of appropriation art, Pettibone has dedicated his career to creating miniature replicas of artworks by iconic contemporary artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. Initially constructed to match the size of images of the original works he found in Artforum magazine, Pettibone’s small-scale facsimiles address themes of reproduction, seriality, and authorship. In 1962, Pettibone received his MFA from the Otis Art Institute, CA. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including Richard Pettibone: Recent Works, Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Richard Pettibone: 64 Paintings, 9 Works, Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, (2016); Richard Pettibone (1964-2009), Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, France (2014); Richard Pettibone-Paintings and Sculpture: 1964-2003, David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY (2013); among others. Recent group exhibitions include Miniatures by Master Artists, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York, NY (2018); Very Appropriate, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2017); Marcel Duchamp Fountain – An Homage, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, NY (2017); The Natural Order of Things, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico (2016); The Appropriationnist (Against and With), Villa du Parc, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Annemasse, France (2015); among others. Several institutions have honored him with significant retrospective exhibitions, including The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, in 2005, and the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA, in 2006.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)