Leo Castelli Gallery is pleased to announce Richard Pettibone Recent Work on view from September 10 - October 22, 2011. Following and elaborating on an exhibition of Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soups four years ago, this exhibition will feature recent work including Andy Warhol 'Flowers,' Andy Warhol 'Large Campbell's Soup Cans,' as well as diptychs featuring Andy Warhol 'Campbell's Soup Cans' and Roy Lichtenstein 'The Refrigerator.'
Lichtenstein and Warhol have been integral to Richard Pettibone's artistic practice since the early 1960's. Pettibone has appropriated many works by Warhol from Jackies and Marilyns to Brillo Boxes. Similarly, Lichtenstein has proven a rich source of material with appropriations such as Seductive Girl, and Masterpiece.
Pettibone cites seeing the 1962 Warhol soup can paintings exhibition at the Ferus Gallery as a formative experience, as well as the 1963 Duchamp retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum. This legacy inspired a career that is both deeply influenced by and a part of the Dada and Pop movements. Pettibone's work reveres and critiques these movements, bringing in to discussion questions related to perception, scale, commoditization, and preciousness.
Richard Pettibone's recent paintings hark back to the iconic imagery he became known for in the 1960's. Subtle effects of repetition and scale call into question the viewer's relationship to works of art and the significance of their context. Juxtaposition humorously manipulates visual language put forth by Warhol and Lichtenstein's original works. Roy Lichtenstein, 'The Refrigerator,' 1960 and Andy Warhol, 'Large Campbell's Soup Can, Tomato,' 1964, 2010 humorously relates the ubiquitous images of the Warhol soup can and Lichtenstein girl creating an unexpected irreverant narrative.
A catalog will accompany the exhibition.