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Exhibition - Miniaturizing Modernism: Richard Pettibone Paints the Neuberger’s Rickey Collection

Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at 12:00pm

Neuberger Museum Of Art
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

The original art by Joseph Albers, Kasimir Malevich, Victor Vasarely, Theodore Roszak, Bridget Riley, and several others was donated to the museum by George Rickey, internationally-acclaimed kinetic sculptor. The “copies,” based on magazine reproductions, are “originals” painted by Richard Pettibone, an American artist, living and working in New York State. Because Pettibone faithfully copied those reproductions, their size could be as tiny as two inches by two inches. Size mattered to Pettibone, who for over fifty years has created these small-scale paintings, all of which under five inches high, based on reproductions of iconic works of art.

According to Tracy Fitzpatrick, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see both displayed side by side, the Pettibone originals and the original originals. If that sounds curious, it’s actually not, for this exhibition raises important and provocative questions: What is originality? Who owns artistic ideas?”

In many ways this exhibition is two shows in one.  It is a display of some of the abstract works by well-known artists that were collected over time by George and Edith Rickey and then donated to the Neuberger Museum of Art. It is also a display of works that the Rickeys commissioned artist Richard Pettibone to create in 1973 to serve as what Edith Rickey referred to as ‘mementos’ of many of the works they had agreed to donate to the Neuberger.

Exhibited alongside the Pettibone works on view, are their large-scale corresponding prints, paintings, and sculptures. In fact, the Neuberger is the only collection, public or private, in which commissioned works by Richard Pettibone and their corresponding originals have been preserved together.

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