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“Untitled (Not Brancusi)” is a plaster sculpture by renowned appropriation artist Mike Bidlo completed in 1985. Drawing direct inspiration from Brancusi's figurative busts such as “Mademoiselle Pogany” from 1912, Bidlo captures the clean line, abstracted style, and essence of reality so often seen in Brancusi's work.

Mike Bidlo (b. 1953) is an American painter, sculptor, and performance artist, best known for his highly accurate replications of works of modern art. He earned his BA from the University of Illinois in 1973, and his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1975. As part of the East Village art scene of the early 80s, Mike Bidlo began to appropriate modern masters by focusing on replicating the paintings of Jackson Pollock. Since then, Bidlo has continued to reexamine the most famous paintings and sculptures by 20th century artists including Léger, Warhol, Duchamp, Picasso and Man Ray, among others. As an integral part of the "appropriationist" movement, alongside other artists such as Sherrie Levine and Philip Taaffe, Bidlo explores notions of authorship and originality with his work. 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.

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  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 17 x 7 x 8 in. (43.18 x 17.78 x 20.32 cm.)
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