Richard Pettibone - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco; Private collection, USA

  • Catalogue Essay

    From 1964 to 1968 Richard Pettibone created his best-known works: small-scale silk-screened and painted versions of paintings by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella. The present lot, a copy of Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyns, was distilled by Pettibone copying from photographs reproduced in Artforum. Their characteristic diminutive scale is a deliberate end-point to his appropriation, calling to mind the power of photography in disseminating the ideals and popularity behind the Pop Art movement.

    Pettibone’s career strives to commemorate, in so far as paying homage, to what he considers “the best precedent work” which his critical eye has chosen. Yet there is more to meets the eye here-- Pettibone also plays a clever tongue and cheek nod to the core concept at the heart of the Pop-Art movement: if Warhol and Lichtenstein could copy newspaper ads and product logos, so could he reproduce their copies. (M. Duncan, “A Snow Shovel is Nice: The Works of Richard Pettibone”, Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2005, p. 6).


Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe 1964

Acrylic, silkscreen and graphite on canvas in artist's wooden frame.
5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 cm).
Signed, titled, and dated “Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe 1964 R. Pettibone 1968” on the reverse.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $156,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York