Rob Pruitt (American, b.1964) is a Post-Pop artist known for his take on youth and consumer culture. Born in Washington, D.C., Pruitt attended the Corcoran College of Art Design, and later transferred to Parsons School of Design after meeting and befriending educator and well-known fashion consultant Tim Gunn.

Pruitt came to fame during the late 1980s, along with his then-partner, Jack Early. Their well-known series, Artwork for Teenage Boys and Artwork for Teenage Girls, explored issues surrounding gender politics. Following the controversial show The Red Black Green Red White and Blue Project, which debuted at Castelli Gallery and focused on the marketing of African American popular culture to the wider public, the two artists split up. Pruitt disappeared from the art scene for several years, with many galleries refusing to represent his solo work. In 1998, Pruitt reemerged with his Cocaine Buffet at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. The piece, a sculptural work featuring a 16-foot mirror with a real line of cocaine running down the center, also proved to be controversial. The following year, the artist held his first solo show, 101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself, and, in 2000, became well known for his popular series of glittery panda paintings.

The artist has continued to build on the success of the early 2000s with other projects, including his Pattern and Degradation solo show, his “gradient paintings,” and a 10-foot-tall chrome statue of Andy Warhol, which originally appeared outside the site of Warhol’s factory. He has exhibited extensively in New York and around the world. In 2013, the Aspen Art Museum held a mid-career retrospective.

Rob Pruitt
Rob Pruitt
Washington, 1964

Past Exhibitions

Rob Pruitt: The Church

Kunsthalle Zürich
16/12/2017 — 13/05/2018

Rob Pruitt: You Get The Face You Deserve

Air de Paris
15/09/2017 — 31/10/2017

Progressive Praxis

de la Cruz Collection
29/11/2016 — 29/11/2017

Rob Pruitt: Hong Kong Panda

Massimo de Carlo, Hong Kong
08/09/2016 — 31/10/2016

Rob Pruitt: Therapy Paintings

Massimo De Carlo London
24/11/2015 — 30/01/2016

Solo Shows

Air de Paris, Paris
Paintings, Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, Italy
Pattern and Degradation, Gavin Brown’s enterprise & Maccarone, New York
Look What I’ve Done: Rob Pruitt Works 1989 2009, Carlson, London, UK
Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, Italy
Rob Pruitt Presents the First Annual Art Awards, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Master Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
American Academy in Rome, Italy
Power House, Memphis, TN American Academy in Rome, Italy
œiPhotos, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
Paris in Tokyo, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo
Paris in Rome, Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy
Surreal Estate, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (with Jonathan Horowitz)
Air de Paris, Paris, France Consortium, Dijon, France
Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, Italy
Pandas and Bamboo, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Corp., NY
101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourselfï, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
Flea Market, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
‘Psychic Predictions For The New Millennium & Things To Do With Lemons’, Cabinet Gallery, London, UK
‘101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself’, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy
Mulier & Mulier, Knokke, Belgium
Leo Casteli Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Rachel Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland
APAC, Centre d’art Contemporian, Nevers, France
Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Esther Schipper, Koln, Germany
Daniel Buchholz, Koln, Germany
303 Gallery, New York, NY

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Washington Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1964 Lives in: New York, USA
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