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Since the beginning of his career in the early 1990s, the artist Rob Pruitt, 52, has walked the line between provocative and playful, a tricky balancing act that has made him into an unlikely art world celebrity. One of his early — and perhaps still most notorious — works was 1998’s “Cocaine Buffet,” in which the artist installed a 16-foot-long mirror in a gallery group show that featured a trail of real cocaine running down its length, the drugs made available to any interested visitor to the exhibition. He has spent his time since then toying with convention: He once gave a book signing nude, save for a stuffed panda bear sitting on his lap. (Glittering large-scale paintings of endangered pandas are among his signature works.) He’s displayed his father’s ashes in a number of exhibitions. A 2015 show at the palatial Brant Foundation Art Study Center included a flea market organized by the artist in which some of the Brant family’s possessions — including shoes from the collection of Stephanie Seymour, the wife of Peter Brant — were up for sale. In 2011, he installed a public statue of Andy Warhol in Union Square, “as an alternative version of the Statue of Liberty that would welcome all the freaks and misfits (in which I include myself).”

His wide-ranging practice — which incorporates painting, sculpture and installation — is, in the spirit of Warhol, a kind of ongoing performance that both mocks and celebrates our received wisdom regarding fame and celebrity. His most ambitious work to date has been the Rob Pruitt Art Awards, an Oscars-style gala that is simultaneously satirical and sincere, with categories like “Gallery Solo Show of the Year”; the inaugural event in 2009 was held at the Guggenheim Museum. He pokes fun at the art world while comfortably sitting at the table with its elite. “I guess I’ve always considered my work as being representative of underdogs and outsiders,” he has said.

The first in a new series from T magazine on the lives of creative people, “The Creators: Rob Pruitt” — directed by the acclaimed Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (“I Am Love” and “A Bigger Splash”) — takes you into the artist’s daily practice as he works in his studio, attempts to meditate in his Chinatown backyard and shops at Ikea for stuffed pandas.

Pruitt will open a new show called “The Obama Paintings” — which he has painted every day since the President took office — at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise on the Lower East Side on Nov. 18.