“I only copy what I love.” In a career spanning more than 50 years, Richard Pettibone has created one of the most compelling and intriguing bodies of work in contemporary American art. A pioneer of appropriation–the reuse, adaptation, or reproduction of existing images and forms–Pettibone began in the early 1960s to paint miniature copies of modernist masterworks by artists such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. His engaging work prompts both celebration and controversy, and raises questions about the nature of originality, and the relationship between art and the viewer. Pettibone’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
In August 2015 Los Angeles Modern Auctions spoke with the New York-based artist about thoughts and influences that informed the six key paintings on offer in the October 11 Modern Art & Design Auction.