“Icons: The Art of Appropriation” Exhibition

Sotheby's New York

poster for “Icons: The Art of Appropriation” Exhibition
[Image: Richard Pettibone "Andy Warhol 'Flowers'" (1970)]

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Sotheby’s S|2 presents “Icons: The Art of Appropriation” a selling exhibition featuring works rooted in a panorama of imagery from recognizable pictures in art history. Appropriation—borrowing familiar images from various sources—has taken many forms over the past six decades. In the 1960s, Andy Warhol began using pictures from consumer culture including photographs of Marilyn Monroe and advertisements for Campbell’s soup. In the same vein, Roy Lichtenstein drew from preexisting comics and Richard Prince appropriated photographs of cowboys from Marlboro cigarette ads.

Appropriation took on a new dimension when artists began borrowing recognizable images from the art world itself. Icons: The Art of Appropriation showcases precisely this practice: the deliberate recreation of another artist’s work, offering a fresh perspective on the notions of art, originality and authorship, for example Richard Pettibone’s miniature versions of Warhol’s paintings, Mike Bidlo’s renditions of Pollock’s drip paintings and The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s transformations of Picasso’s Cubist women.



from September 23, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 1 - 5pm.

Opening Reception on 2015-09-24 from 18:00 to 20:00

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