Raymond Pettibon’s enduring themes run to surfing, cars, baseball and men in power: standard guy stuff, mostly. But he’s got his own ideas about these things, and if you add to a reckoning of his art’s character Pettibon’s engagements with punk rock, ’zines and comics, William Blake, William Hogarth and Samuel Beckett, all attempts at categorization break down.
In Raymond Pettibon’s previous exhibition at David Zwirner in 2007, the artist demonstrated shifting formal interests, moving from a limited palette to an increased use of color, while adding paper collage. This present show sees Pettibon continuing that course. A prolific artist who drew album covers and concert flyers for the 1980s hardcore band Black Flag long before he was recognized in the art world, you can still sense a “Do It Yourself” aesthetic.
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