Just in: Richard Pettibone “Andy Warhol, ‘Jackie,’ 1964”

We are back from break and ready to pull together the last consignments for the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design auction. Even though the office was closed for the holiday, Peter and Shannon did not stop working.

We were welcomed by four pristine Richard Pettibone silkscreens on canvas of Jackie Kennedy, each to be individually offered in the March 6, 2011 auction.  The colors are very remarkably bright and the images are crisp and clean. Each of the works is signed, dated and titled verso.  The four images of Jackie Kennedy show her as both a glamorous icon and a grieving widow, each taken from the original screenprints of Jackie Kennedy by Andy Warhol that he made in 1964.

These miniature versions of Warhol’s “Jackie” (2.75” x 2.5”), which Pettibone created in 1968, are just one of the many appropriated works that Pettibone produced in his career. Pettibone also created pocket-sized versions of works by Lichtenstein, Ruscha, Stella and Duchamp, each meticulously mimicking the original works.

The idea of art as appropriation brings up thought-provoking questions and answers.  If we agree that art has no “built-in objective”, no set guidelines, one can then say, as an artist, one can explore the act of forgery. There is nothing that says an artist must produce original, innovative works. Appropriation brings light to the artist as the author; the artist as the decider.

Michael Duncan writes in Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective (Laguna Art Museum, 2005):   “His {Pettibone} appropriations embody art historical and theoretical points such as the continuum between Dada and Pop, the blurry relationship between photography and painting, and the questionable aspects of art authorship.”

Lot Information

Richard Pettibone
Andy Warhol, “Jackie,” 1964
(Four individual works)
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas with handmade frame
1968
Each signed, titled and dated verso
2.75″ x 2.5″
To be offered in March 6, 2011 Auction
Estimate $15,000 – $18,000 (each)

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