Mike Bidlo

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Mike Bidlo was born in Chicago Illinois. Using only reproductions for reference, he is best known for his incredibly accurate replication of the works of major modernist artists, including Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp, Warhol and Brancusi. His first solo show in 1982, entitled Jack the Dripper at Peg's Place, was based on the 1950 Hans Namuth film of Jackson Pollock and comprised a series of highly accurate replicas of Pollock's drip paintings, complete with a re-enactment of Pollock's famous act of urinating into Peggy Guggenheim’s fireplace.
 In 1984, he recreated Warhol’s Factory, and in 1988 he exhibited 80 copies of Picasso’s paintings of women.Bidlo's appropriative approach has caused outrage amongst critics, and endorsed him in notoriety. His many supporters see his work as an exploration of the myths of originality, creativity and genius. Part of the fashionable East Village New York art scene in the 1980s, he was an important contributor to the "appropriationist" movement, alongside Philip Taaffe and Sherrie Levine and others.

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