Mike Bidlo (b.1953) is well known for his appropriation and replication of paintings and sculptures by 20th century masters such as Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, Man Ray, Constantin Brancusi, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Georgia O’Keeffe and others. He has also restaged the renowned performances of Yves Klein’s Anthropometries, Andy Warhol's Factory and Bidlo’s earliest performance, Jack the Dripper at Peg’s Place (1982) during which he painted replicas of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings and re-enacted Pollock’s infamous act of urinating into Peggy Guggenheim’s fireplace.  Bidlo’s “homages” challenge the art market’s authenticating role and question the modernist canon by validating Appropriation as a unique form of art making.  Bidlo is a staunch aficionado of twentieth-century modern art and his incredibly accurate recreations of masterpieces in various mediums as an exploration into the concepts of originality and creativity are done with a strong sense of research, appreciation and devotion. He is a key member of the generation of artists, including Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, John Armleder, Barbara Kruger and others who emerged in the 1980s and practiced appropriating subjects and images from popular culture and art history into their own art.  Bidlo has said of his artistic activity: “My work is perhaps an extreme example of this strain of art which references other art because it directly mirrors the image, scale, and materials of the original. Whatever differences appear in my work are a consequence of my working method and not an attempt at projecting a personal style.”  
 
Mike Bidlo was born in Chicago and studied at the University of Illinois, Chicago (BA, 1973), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (MFA, 1975) and Columbia University, New York (MFA, 1978). Bildo lives and works in New York City and among the institutions that have exhibited his work are: the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; New Museum, New York; P.S.1/MoMA, Queens, New York; Sezon Museum, Tokyo; Saatchi Collection, London; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo; the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris and the Fondation Cartier, Paris. The artist is represented by the Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich and has also shown his work with the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York; Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris; the Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles; Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York; the Hal Bromm Gallery, New York; the Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co. Gallery, Milan and others.
 
 
Solo Exhibitions, Installations and Performances
 
2016
Mike Bidlo – Not Warhol (Campbell’s Soup Boxes, 1964), Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
 
2015
Not Manzoni (Carta d’autenticita, 1961-62), World House Editions (Middlebury, Connecticut) at the IFPDA Print Fair, New York (performance, 04 November)
 
2010
Mike Bidlo: Not Warhol (Brillo Boxes, 1964), 2005, Lever House, New York (01 July  – 11 September)
 
2005
Mike Bidlo: Erased de Kooning Drawings, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York (21 September – 11 November)
 
2003
Mike Bidlo: Matisse/Picasso: A Cross Examination, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, New York
 
2002
Mike Bidlo: Not Picasso, Not Pollock, Not Warhol, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
 
2000
Mike Bidlo, Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co. Gallery, Milan
 
1996
Mike Bidlo: Not Warhol, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
 
1992
Mike Bidlo: Not Léger, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
 
1990
Mike Bidlo: Not de Chirico, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Mike Bidlo: Not de Chirico, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
 
1989
Mike Bidlo: Masterpieces, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
 
1998
Mike Bidlo: The Fountain Drawings, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (19 September – 24 October)
Mike Bidlo: The Fountain Drawings, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich (19 September – 24 October)
 
1988
Mike Bidlo: Picasso’s Women 1901-1971, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (January)
Mike Bidlo, Seibu Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
 
1986
Ferus, 1962 (32 Campbell’s Soup Cans), Piezo Electric Gallery, Venice, California (installation)
Not Yves Klein: Anthropometries, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (performance)
Constantin’s Dilemna, Semaphore Gallery, New York (installation)
 
1984
Mike Bidlo: Guernica- A Painting in Progress, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
…And One BLUE POLES for Germany, Anna Friebe Gallery, Cologne (installation and performance)
Not Andy Warhol’s Factory, P.S. 1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York (installation and performance)
 
1983
The Original Schnabel Simulacrum, P.S. 1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York (installation and performance)
She Worked Hard For The Money/Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, P.S. 1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York (installation and performance)
 
1982
Jack the Dripper at Peg’s Place, P.S. 1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York (installation and performance)
 
 
Group Exhibitions
2016
Picasso Mania, Grand Palais Galeries Nationales, Paris, 27 October 2015 - 29 February 2016, (exhibition organized by the Réunion des musées nationaus - Grand Palais, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso-Paris).
 
2015
Picasso Mania, Grand Palais Galeries Nationales, Paris, 27 October 2015 - 29 February 2016, (exhibition organized by the Réunion des musées nationaus - Grand Palais, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso-Paris).
 
Diverse Works: Director's Choice, 1997-2015, Brooklyn Museum, New York (15 April – 02 August)
 
2014
Dokoupil, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
Post Pop: East Meets West, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Summer Guests, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
Positivelly Marvillainous, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York
 
2013
Déjà-vu? Die Kunst der Wiederholung von Dürer bis YouTube, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
 
2012
Now Here is also Nowhere: Pari I, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Same Same But Different, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurigh
The Persistence of Pollock, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York
 
2011
Captured (A Portrait Show), Heskin Contemporary, New York
Sentimental Education, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach
The 80s Revisited, Sammlung Bischofberger II, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
 
2010
The Artist as Collector: Olivier Mosset, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
25 Years/25 Works, Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art, New York
Seconde main (Second Hand), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
The Visible Vagina, David Nolan Gallery, New York
Love & Theft, White Flag Projects, Saint Louis
 
2009
Portrait de l’artiste en motocycliste, Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Rip-Off: Between Appropriation and the Appropriated, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York
Les années 80 Second volet: images & (re)presentations, Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Images & (re)presentations – The 1980s, Part 2, Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Black Madonna, HP Garcia Gallery, New York
Opere recenti, Studio d’arte Raffaelli, Palazzo Wolkenstein, Trento, Italy
 
2008
Dalla Presitoria al Futuro: Capolavori dalla collezione Bischofberger, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin
An unruly history of the readymade, Fundación Jumez, Mexico City
Cancelled, Erased & Removed, A Group Show, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
Die Hände der Kunst, MARTa Herford, Herford
The Hands of Art, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
 
2007
The Demoiselles Revisited, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York
Jackson, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
 
2006
Radical NY! The Downtown show: the New York art scene 1974-1984 and Abstract Expressionism 1940-1960, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
New York’s Own, Fuse Gallery, New York
The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene 1972-1984, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Chairs, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
Icons of the 21st Century, Roger Smith Lab Gallery, New York
The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene 1972-1984, Grey Art Gallery, New York Univeristy, New York
The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York
 
2005
Just do it! Die Subversion der Zeichen von Marchel Duchamp bis Prada Meinhof, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
 
2004
East Village USA, New Museum  of Contemporary Art, New York
Falskt & Äkta, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
The Real Thing, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco
 
2003
On the Wall – Wall paper and Tableau, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
 
2002
Claude Rutault and Mike Bidlo: Painting and Painting, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen
Enough about me, Momenta Art, New York
 
1999
Apropos of Marcel Duchamp, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Omaggi Oltraggi, Claudia Gian Ferrarti Arte Contemporanea, Milan
17 Contemporaries: Artists from America, Italy and Mexico – The Eighties, The Menil Collection, Houston
 
1998
René Magritte en de hedendaagse kunst, PMMK, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende
Think Pink, LaMaMA Gallery, New York
 
1997
Reopening: Installations and Projects, Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1, Long Island City, New York
Warhol bla bla, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
Hommage à R. Mutt, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
 
1995
Sniper’s Nest: Art that has lived with Lucy R. Lippard, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, New York
 
1993
New Moderns, Baumgartner Galleries, Inc., Washington, D.C.
 
1992
Pop & Artvertising, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, The Netherlands
Slow Art: Painting in New York Now, Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1, Long Island City, New York
Quotations: The Second History of Art, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
 
1991
Aspects de l’Art du XXème Siècle: L’oeuvre re-produite, Abbaye Saint-André, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Meymac, France
Facts and Rumours, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Objects for the Ideal Home – The Legacy of Pop Art, Serpentine Gallery, London
Mike Bidlo, Manuel Ocampo, Andres Serrano, The Saatchi Collection, London
(ART)2, Art Appropriates Art, California State University, Fullerton
Vraiment Faux, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris (traveled to Veramente Falso, Rotondo di Via Besana, Milan and Echt Falsch, Lenbachhaus, Munich)
Strategies for the Last Painting, Wolff Gallery, New York and Feigen, Inc., Chicago
 
1990
The Last Decade – American Artists of the ‘80s, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
The Charade of Mastery, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
 
1989
D&S Ausstellung, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg
To Probe and To Push: Artists of Provocation, Wessel/O’Connor Gallery, New York
Prospect 89, Frankferter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (catalogue)
 
1988
Vraiment Faux, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas, France (catalogue)
Homage-Demontage, Neue Galerie Sammlung Ludwig, Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany (traveled to Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Gernany; Staeditsches Museum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt, Belgium; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna
Real Paint, Proctor Art Center, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, New York
 
1987
Avant-Garde in the 80’s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
 
1985
Group Show, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
Actual Size, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
Smart Art, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Boston
57th Street Between A and D, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York
The Door Show, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York
Nuove Trame dell’Arte, Castello Colonna di Genezzano, Genezzano, Italy
Indigestion, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York
 
1984
An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
If Culture Means Anything: Old New Masters, American Fine Art, New York
Inside the East Village, André Emmerich Galerie, Zurich
The East Village Scene, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Neo York, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
Limbo, P.S. 1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York
National and International Studio Program, 1983-84 Exhibition, P.S. 1 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York
 
1983
Photos by Painters and Sculptors, Daniel Wolff Gallery, New York
Food for the Soup Kitchen’s Benefit, Fashion Moda, New York
Terminal New York Show, Brooklyn Army Terminal, New York
Island of Negative Utopia, The Kitchen, New York
Pier Show, Sprint Street Warehouse, New York
New Talent, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York
 
1982
Fashion Moda Store, Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany
Copycat Show, Franklin Furnace, New York
Nancy Reagan Fashion Show, Printed Matter, New York
Famous Show, Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York
 
1981
M-5 Show/Artists Buy Bus Ad Space, Group Material, New York
The Annual Erotic Art Show, Club 57, New York
 
1980
Times Square Show, Collaborative Projects (Colab), New York