(August 9, 2013) In this edition of Eye on Art, we take a tour of American artist Richard Pettibone’s painting and sculpture exhibition at David Nolan’s gallery on Manhattan’s west side. A key proponent of the West Coast “Conceptual Pop” movement, Pettibone appropriated imagery from Warhol, Lichtenstein and Brancusi – and especially Marcel Duchamp.
Typically framed and constructed upon miniature stretcher bars, his small-scale “replicas” subvert the traditional notion of artists as creators of original works of art while maintaining a critical distance from the artworks that they reproduce. His appropriations do more than merely commemorate their sources. Although comic and good-humored, they probe and tweak those sources.