Appropriation Art

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: New York Pop

February 21, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Each auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions has its knockout pieces, but Pop artworks in particular have a tendency to regularly stand out with their electrifying color palettes and playful imagery sourced from popular culture. Pop art has a way of remaining fresh and of-the-moment regardless of the era that inspired it — a fact that is continually demonstrated in the wake of each auction we host at LAMA.

Mike Bidlo: Art About Art

May 9, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Appropriation artist Mike Bidlo is best known for his “Masterpieces Series,” for which he produced precise replicas of canonical works by modernist masters. Bidlo’s homages deliberately emulate the works of those mythologized as artistic geniuses, such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, and Pablo Picasso. ‘Not Brancusi’ (1985) mimics Constantin Brancusi’s famed marble sculpture Mademoiselle Pogany, in this case carved from wood, not stone.

Vik Muniz: Pictures of Appropriation

September 20, 2016

Vik Muniz

Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz (b. 1961) is celebrated for his tongue-in-cheek appropriation of canonical paintings. Muniz employs new technologies to reproduce a priceless Francisco de Zurbarán painting as a contemporary chromogenic print. His adaptation of Ed Ruscha’s 1963 Standard Station, Amarillo Texas differentiates itself from the original through slight variations of color and detail on the roof line. Muniz employs cut automotive parts in this series, evoking the car-centric culture of Los Angeles, a touchstone in Ruscha’s work. For Muniz, the act of appropriation simultaneously confirms and undermines our expectations.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Richard Prince

February 17, 2016

Lot 189, Richard Prince, Bedtime Story (1988)

Learn what Richard Prince’s Bedtime Story has in common with the work of artists as various as Andy Warhol, John McLaughlin, and Donald Judd in today’s Peter’s Auction Pick. “To my mind, one of the hallmarks of a great work of art is that it resonates with associations and allusions. By that measure, Bedtime Story—the cover lot in our February 21st Auction of modern art and design—is a tour de force.”

Just In: Four Richard Pettibone Paintings

February 22, 2012

Richard Pettibone is an inventive artist who helped establish the conceptual art movement known as “Appropriation”. While creating Pop-style sculptures with his skills as a miniature enthusiast, Pettibone took on the idea of creating small paintings and sculptures based on the images he saw in art publications such as Art in America. Artists like Warhol, […]