Richard Pettibone - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Phillips
  • Since the early 1960s, Richard Pettibone, best known for his miniaturizations, has progressively developed his own artistic voice by way of a brilliant conceptual loop of appropriation. As he explains, his practice is founded upon “the possibility of using other people’s work as the subject matter” for his own.


    Pettibone’s Polaroids can be seen as an extension of the appropriation that started with his interest in Andy Warhol’s paintings and continued to develop through appropriation of other artists and mediums. To create Helmut Newton, Le temps des joyaux - French Vogue, Dec. 1979, Pettibone photographed illustrations of Helmut Newton’s work from one of the photographer’s monographs. To add his own signature, the works were silkscreened with vibrant, geometric lines on each surface, further distinguishing the already unique print as an individual work of art. Through this complex exchange of transmediation, visible in the present lot, Pettibone creates a layered, visual effect that is quintessential to his work.

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist


Helmut Newton, Le temps des joyaux - French Vogue, Dec. 1979

Polaroid print with silkscreened acrylic paint.
3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (8.9 x 11.4 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and annotated 'P.P.II' in ink on the overmat.

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$10,000 - 15,000 

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New York Auction 4 April 2023