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Mike Bidlo (American, b.1953)
LOT ID: 82154
Not Pollock, 1983

Oil, and Enamel on Canvas
56.5 х 108 in. (143.51 x 274.32 cm.)
Signed, dated, verso
Lot description
In the early 80s, Mike Bidlo began to appropriate the modern masters by focusing on the paintings of Jackson Pollock. It is this early series of Pollock paintings that remain the most significant and collectible of all his works. Bidlo immersed himself completely in the personage of Pollock, befriending Ruth Kligman, who was in the car with Pollock when he died, and devoted himself to researching and exploring every aspect of Pollock’s life.

“Mike Bidlo actually adopts the persona of master artists—lives like them, paints like them, takes on their appearances—in an attempt to involve himself as directly as possible in the myth of “being a master artist.” —Morris, Sarah. “The Charade of Mastery”, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1990.

The artist continued his exploration of Pollock’s personal life through his performance and installation titled 'Jack the Dripper at Peg’s Place' at P.S.1 in New York. He hired a Pollock ‘look-alike’ to re-enact the drunken Pollock urinating in Peggy Guggenheim’s fireplace during a cocktail party at her apartment. East Village artists and luminaries played the roles of Guggenheim and her astonished guests. Since that time, Bidlo has continued to appropriate the most famous paintings and sculptures by 20th century masters including Léger, Warhol, Duchamp, Picasso and Man Ray to name only a few. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Saatchi Collection, London, England; Sezon Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY; and MoMA PS1, New York, NY.
Not Pollock by Mike Bidlo
  • Not Pollock by Mike Bidlo
  • Not Pollock by Mike Bidlo
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