Richard Pettibone

March 18, 2016 —
April 23, 2016



Honor Fraser Gallery is pleased to announce Richard Pettibone. The exhibition will be on view from March 18 through April 23, 2016.

A fine balance of reverence and criticality is at work in Richard Pettibone's sculptures, paintings, and photographs. Since the 1960s, Pettibone has painstakingly remade works by other artists on a tiny scale. Like transliterations of epic poems into haikus, his diminutive versions of artworks by historical heavyweights from Piet Mondrian to Andy Warhol are constructed with precision and resonate with care. In combination with their small size, the exacting sensitivity Pettibone brings to his endeavor lends a generous intimacy to the experience of looking at his work.

A Los Angeles native, Pettibone saw Andy Warhol's first west coast exhibition at Ferus Gallery and Marcel Duchamp's retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum. The concepts of repetition and the ready-made as deployed in both artists' work are upheld with an unwavering conviction in Pettibone's oeuvre: Aesthetic ideas are taken up as ready-mades to be repeated in multiple versions over time. For this exhibition, a selection of works after Marcel Duchamp and Frank Stella evince Pettibone's commitment to his craft. By reducing the scale of both iconic and lesser-known works by these canonical artists, Pettibone sets the acts of looking at and making art at the center of his practice.

Richard Pettibone was born in Alhambra, CA in 1938. One-person exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY (2007); Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (2006, 1993); The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2005); Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2005); The Arts Club of Chicago, IL (1995); Art Gallery, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA (1981); and the Akron Art Institute, Akron, OH (1971). His work has been included in thematic exhibitions such as The appropriationnist (against and with), Villa du Parc Centre d'Art Contemporain, Annemasse, France (2015); Versions and Revisions, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL (2015); Literary Devices, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY (2014); If Everybody Had an Ocean: Brian Wilson, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (2007); Manipulated Realities: From Pop Art to New Realism, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO (2004); Living with Duchamp, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2003); Original echt/false, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany (1999); Degrees of Abstraction: From Morris Louis to Mapplethorpe, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (1995); Elvis + Marilyn: 2 x Immortal, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (1994); Quotations: The Second History of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (1992); Comic Iconoclasm, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK (1987); Déjà Vu: Masterpieces Updated, organized by The Western Association of Art Museums, San Francisco, CA (1981); Art About Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1978); Small Objects, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1977); The Small Scale in Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, IL (1975); and Pop Art USA, Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA (1963).