464
464
Richard Pettibone (b. 1938)
ROY LICHTENSTEIN, ‘BALL OF TWINE’, 1963, 1965
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT
464
Richard Pettibone (b. 1938)
ROY LICHTENSTEIN, ‘BALL OF TWINE’, 1963, 1965
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Richard Pettibone (b. 1938)
ROY LICHTENSTEIN, ‘BALL OF TWINE’, 1963, 1965
oil on shaped canvas, in artist's chosen double frame; signed, titled and dated '1965'
Framed: 10 1/2 by 8 1/4 in. (26.7 by 21 cm.)
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Provenance

Private Collection, Sherman Oaks
Estate Sale, Holland, Michigan, June - July 2018
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Executed in 1965, Richard Pettibone's ‘Roy Lichtenstein, 'Ball of Twine', 1963,’ is a masterful interrogation of the semiotics of authorship. The present work depicts Lichtenstein's eponymous ball of twine from two angles on separate canvases, placed on top of each other to create a wholly original composition. Part of Pettibone's foundational 1964-1967 series in which the artist copied Contemporary artworks from the pages of Artforum, ‘Roy Lichtenstein, 'Ball of Twine', 1963,’ brings together the stacked canvases of Jasper Johns’ Flag paintings and Roy Lichtenstein’s appropriation of mass imagery with a Duchampian attitude towards originality and the foundations of authenticity undergirding art. Stamped with both the name of the original work by Lichtenstein, and its own title, the present work is an enduring exemplar of Pettibone’s groundbreaking conceptual process, epitomizing the artist’s ethos, that: “it's fairly original not to be original" (Richard Pettibone, as quoted in "Richard Pettibone," ‘Culture Hero: A Fanzine of Stars to the Super World,’ no. 5, 1970).

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