Richard Pettibone - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Monday, November 11, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    “What’s the reason for art? To entertain. If you don’t do that, what’s the point?” RICHARD PETTIBONE, 2005

    In 1963, the electric chair in Sing Sing State Penitentiary, New York, performed the state’s last two executions: Frederick Charles Wood on March 21, and eddie Lee Mays on August 15. Andy Warhol used the same photograph throughout his several series of Electric Chair paintings, produced in 1963, 1965, and 1967: an image of an unoccupiedelectric chair in an empty execution chamber, the word “Silence” appears on a sign at the right. Warhol’s Lavender Disaster, 1963, currently in the Menil Collection, has been referred to in the past as a nearly perfect work of art, ripe with meditations on existential dread yet aesthetically marvelous.

    Richard Pettibone, working a generation after Warhol, found his calling in “conceptual pop”, or the appropriation of iconic Pop Art. in keeping with his fascinating appropriation techniques, the present lot blurs the line between artistic representation and artistic appropriation. Pettibone is, of course, creating a representation of Warhol’s masterpiece, but it is, conceptually, his own work—a study in pure artistic appropriation. by putting parentheses around Warhol’s work, Pettibone reigns in the unbridled dominance of Warhol’s renown, while simultaneously rendering Warhol’s appropriation of Pop Culture imagery a form of the past. in addition, Pettibone pays tribute to the astronomical level of Warhol’s work’s iconicity—by declaring it a popular image.


Andy Warhol, 'Lavender Disaster', 1963

acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
24 3/4 x 19 1/4 in. (62.9 x 48.9 cm.)
Signed, titled and dated "Andy Warhol 'Lavender Disaster,' 1963" "Richard Pettibone 1996" on the reverse. This work is registered in the archives of Leo Castelli under the number RP-84.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $209,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 12 November 2013 11AM