At times his work has eagerly courted allegations of political incorrectness, from his famously controversial 1992 show at Leo Castelli that explored the marketing of African-American culture to his Amish-inspired 2010 show Pattern and Degradation at Gavin Brown's Enterprise. (The comprehensive monograph of his work alluded to this antic sensibility in its humorously offensive title, Pop Touched Me: The Art of Rob Pruitt.) But he has also won many admirers for his consistent use of found objects and D.I.Y. techniques, which bring an outsider spirit to works that might otherwise seem like inside jokes.
His work has been shown internationally since the early 1990s, at venues including the Tate Modern, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, and the American Academy in Rome. In 2011, the Public Art Fund installed Pruitt's Andy Monument, a chrome-plated, seven-foot-tall statue of Warhol, near Union Square.