Ronnie Cutrone (American, b.1948) is a Pop artist renowned for his vibrant, satirical paintings of American cartoon characters. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1966 to 1970, where he painted figurative images of rescue and survival. In 1970, he turned his attention toward sculpture and drawing. Among the works he created was a group of iron cages known as The Getting to Know You Cage, several of which were displayed at the Mudd Club, a nightclub run by Cutrone from 1979 to 1982. Cutrone also served as assistant to Andy Warhol between 1972 and 1980. Warhol and Cutrone met while Cutrone was a dancer in Exploding Plastic Inevitable, a series of multimedia performances run by Warhol from 1966 to 1967.

In 1980, Jay Shriver replaced Cutrone at The Factory, so that he could focus on painting. From the early 1980s onward, his works assumed the characteristics of Pop Art, including bold, bright colors and mass-cultural iconography, witha focus on political and social themes. Furthermore, Cutrone’s exploration of cartoon imagery—along with that of Graffiti artist Kenny Scharf—helped revive the use of the comic strip in the late stages of the Pop Art movement. His works are housed in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others.

Timeline

1948
Born in New York
1972–1980
Assistant to Andy Warhol

Exhibitions

2003
Ronnie Cutrone - Tataboo - Lorenzelli Arte, Milan (solo)
1999–2001
Cabaret Live Performance, Venues, New York, “Siren”/ “Joe’s Pub” (solo)
1999–2000
Trimarchi Arte Moderna, Bologna-Italy (solo)
1998
Rinaldo Rotta Gallery, “Flags and Quilts”, Genoa- Italy (solo)
1996–1997
“The Super Model Project”, Digital Canvas-Amsterdam (solo)
1995
Synaesthesia, Mary Anthony Galleries, New York (solo)
Lorenzellli Arte, Milano (solo)
“Computer Love / Going for Baroque”, Special Projects International, New York, Gallerie Wabermann, Munchen (solo)
1994
Birdbath, Club U.S.A. New York (solo)
Associazione Culturale Contemporanea, Milano (solo)
Ronnie Cutrone “Archangels”, Gallery Cotthem, Knokke (solo)
1991–1992
New York, Galleria II Capricorno,Venezia (solo)
1991
Love-Spit-Love, Live Nude Installation, Simon Watson Gallery, New York (solo)
Raffaelli Studio d’arte. Trento (solo)
1990
Shelf Life Exhibitions:Martin Lawrence Modern Gallery, New York (solo)
Martin Lawrence Gallery, Los Angles(solo)
Martin Lawrence Pentagon Gallery, Washington D.C. (solo)
Martin Lawrence Gallery, New Jersey(solo)
1988
Saatchi & Saatchi, New York (solo)
Tamara Bane Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1987
Salvatore Ala Gallery, Milano (solo)
Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
Markus Gallery, Las Vegas (solo)
1986
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (solo)
Gallerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam (solo)
1985
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (solo)
Summer Party Watercolors, the Purple Barge, New York (solo)
1983
Rotterdam Art Council, Gallerie T’Venster, Rotterdam (solo)
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (solo)
1982
Lucio Amelio Gallery, Napoli, Italy (solo)
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (solo)
1978–1979
Live performance & installation, Mudd Club, New York (solo)
Performance/Installation, Robert Freidus Gallery, New York (solo)
Sculpture, White Columns, New York (solo)