ROB PRUITT | Lady with an Ermine Out of Frame

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Lady with an Ermine Out of Frame, 2020
Acrylic, enamel paint and flocking on linen
49 1/2 x 64 in.


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Rob Pruitt (b. 1964, Washington, DC) has created a trademark style, mixing pop extravagance and pointed social critique. He works primarily in painting, installation, and sculpture to create playful reflections on popular culture.

His work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including recent exhibitions at the Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago IL and Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (curated by Daniel Baumann) in 2018; the Brant Foundation in Greenwich, CT (2015), a 2013 mid-career retrospective at the Aspen Art Museum, solo exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2015), Freiburg Kunstverein (2012); Le Consortium, Dijon (2002); and group shows such as Empire State at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2012), Pop Life at Tate Modern (2009), and Mapping the Studio at Punta Della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2009). In 2009, he debuted the “Rob Pruitt’s Art Awards,” at the Guggenheim Museum, an award show for the art world fashioned after the Oscars. In 2011, he was commissioned by the Public Art Fund to install The Andy Monument, a highly polished chrome sculpture of Andy Warhol (replete with shopping bags) in New York’s Union Square near the site of Warhol’s Factory. Pruitt studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, and Parsons School of Design in New York. He lives and works in New York.