October 16–November 23, 2019
David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new and significant works by Raymond Pettibon at the gallery’s Paris location.
Pettibon’s influential oeuvre engages a wide spectrum of American iconography variously pulled from literature, art history, philosophy, religion, politics, sports, and alternative youth culture, among others. For over four decades, his idiosyncratic drawings have helped reinforce the importance of the medium within contemporary art, underscoring its dual potential for private, expressive gestures and mass-cultural, stylized communication. Influenced by the do-it-yourself aesthetic of album covers and comics of the Southern California punk-rock scene of the late 1970s and 1980s, Pettibon’s compositions typically pair image and text, with each informing the other in a circular fashion. Raw and immediate, his works have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary, which today remains as relevant as ever.
Image: Raymond Pettibon, No Title (John Ford directed…), 2019
March 2–August 4, 2019
Curated by Andrea Lutz and David Schmidhauser, this exhibition brought together the work of Raymond Pettibon and the French caricaturist, printmaker, sculptor, and painter Honoré Daumier (1808–1879), an artist renowned both in his time and now for his incisive social and political critiques. Pettibon has long cited the importance of 18th- and 19th-century graphic artists for his drawings, which have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary. As Peter Schjeldahl writes in a review of Pettibon’s extensive solo exhibition A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in 2017, "Though never employing caricature, the work’s effect updates a tradition of pointed grotesquerie that has roots in Hogarth, Goya, and Daumier and branches in the modern editorial cartoon: aesthetic pleasure checked by the absurdity or the horror—the scandal—of the subject at hand."
Daumier – Pettibon featured a new mural (No Title (Daumier-Pettibon Father of...)) created by Pettibon specially for the exhibition as well as a large selection of his works on paper spanning the late 1970s to 2017. These were presented alongside prints, paintings, and sculptures by Daumier. Pettibon described this exhibition as "A dream come true."
Through March 10, 2019, David Zwirner presented a Viewing Room of Pettibon’s drawings from the 1980s, many of which had never been shown before. Raymond Pettibon: Noir highlighted a body of work that was made while the artist was living in Los Angeles, embracing the wide spectrum of American high and low culture. This Viewing Room was curated by gallery director Andrea Cashman.
Image: Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Daumier-Pettibon Father of...), 2019 (detail)
Raymond Pettibon: Noir
David Zwirner presented a Viewing Room of Raymond Pettibon drawings from the 1980s, many which had never been shown before. Raymond Pettibon: Noir highlighted a body of work that was made while the artist was living in Los Angeles, embracing the wide spectrum of American high and low culture. The Viewing Room was curated by gallery director Andrea Cashman.
Image: Raymond Pettibon, No Title (The new acrylic...), 1984 (detail)
Dior artistic director Kim Jones collaborated with Raymond Pettibon for the Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2019–2020 collection, which debuted in Paris on Friday, January 18.
New and existing works by Pettibon have been reinterpreted for the collection as prints, embroideries, knits, and jacquards. The centerpiece of the show is a beaded shirt featuring the artist’s drawing No Title (She must know). Made in 2010 and shown as part of his solo exhibition Hard in the Paint at David Zwirner New York that year, No Title (She must know) is an ink-and-gouache work on paper depicting a half-figure portrait of a young woman in a pose similar to da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
In Pettibon’s drawing, the winding paths and trees that make up the background of the Renaissance painting have been supplanted by handwritten messages or statements that describe the fabrication of pictorial meaning. From "The manifestation of womanhood" and "The making of madonna" to "The caricature of character" and "The idealization of idolatry," the words appear almost as satirical commentary on art historical language. Coupled with the solemn expression on the figure’s face, a sentence near the top of the work reads, "She must know that we are reading a fiction with her," signaling a departure from the enigmatic mood associated with the Mona Lisa.
Other works by Pettibon that inspired the designs include No Title (Take it from...) (2010), also presented in the exhibition Hard in the Paint, and a colored pencil-and-watercolor work on paper called No Title (I would be...) (2013). The latter is part of a body of work the artist created for his 2013 David Zwirner show To Wit, a title reflecting Pettibon’s preference for language that introduces the works without an antecedent—as an interrupted thought followed by something spontaneous: to wit, this body of work.
"I’ve loved Raymond Pettibon since I was a teenager," Jones said in an interview with Vogue on the collaboration, which debuted on January 19, 2019, in Paris. "His confidence of line is something that always really impressed me." Paper magazine opined that "The centerpiece of Jones’s collection was undoubtedly the collaboration with esteemed punk-era visual artist Raymond Pettibon."
David Zwirner is pleased to announce Raymond Pettibon: Noir, an upcoming Viewing Room of the artist’s drawings from the 1980s, many which have never been shown before. Film Noir will highlight a body of work that was made while Pettibon was living in Los Angeles, and will embrace the wide spectrum of high and low American culture. The Viewing Room will be curated by Andrea Cashman and will coincide with Frieze LA, launching publicly on February 8, 2019.
Cover image: The Dior Men Fall/Winter 2019–2020 collection, featuring an interpretation of Raymond Pettibon’s No title (She must know), 2010. Photo © Jason Lloyd-Evans
May 3—6, 2018
For Your Infotainment / Hudson and Feature Inc., the first-ever themed section at Frieze New York, pays tribute to a legendary gallerist and the artists he championed. Known only by his first name, Hudson (1950–2014) opened Feature Inc. in Chicago on April Fools’ Day in 1984; the gallery moved to New York four years later, where Hudson held early solo exhibitions by artists including Lisa Beck, Tom of Finland, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Sherrie Levine, Charles Ray, and Raymond Pettibon. As part of this Frieze section, David Zwirner will present a solo booth of over one hundred early works by Pettibon made during the years of his close working relationship with Hudson in the 1980s and 1990s.
Curated by Matthew Higgs, director and chief curator at White Columns art space in New York, For Your Infotainment takes its name from the slogan on Feature Inc.’s compliments slip that reflects the unique style of a gallerist renowned for his steadfast attitude and renegade approach. Over his thirty-year career, Hudson earned a reputation for following his instincts and ignoring trends, exhibiting widely different kinds of work. As Higgs stated, "The artists who exhibited at Feature Inc. were, and remain, to use Lynne Cooke’s poignant term, ‘outliers’: artists who are hard to pigeon-hole and whose work actively resists easy categorization." A case in point is "the enigmatic, fantastically erudite artist Raymond Pettibon," as Peter Schjeldahl called him in a recent New Yorker review, whose work embraces a wide spectrum of American high and low culture, from the deviations of marginal youth to art history, literature, sports, religion, politics, and sexuality. Shown in thirteen exhibitions at Feature Inc. over the years, Pettibon’s work has come to occupy its own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary.
Together with solo presentations by seven other artists closely associated with Feature Inc. and a booth representing the recently launched non-profit Feature Hudson Foundation (FHF), For Your Infotainment honors a man remembered in The New York Times as "one of the most prescient, independent-minded and admired gallerists of his generation."
December 2–3, 2017
Gallery artists Carol Bove, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon participated in Who's Afraid of the New Now?, a series of public conversations between artists whose work has shaped the identity of the New Museum in New York as part of the museum's 40th anniversary celebrations.
The conversation between George Condo and Jeff Koons was covered in ARTNEWS, including sound bites from Koons about his debut exhibition in New York—"I wanted people to have a feeling of coming across something that was in some ways better prepared to survive than yourself"—and Condo's recollections of working for Andy Warhol's Factory.
Earlier in 2017, the New Museum presented the major solo exhibition Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work, featuring over seven hundred drawings from the 1960s to the present and marking the artist's first museum survey in New York. In 2016, The Keeper featured a sculptural installation by Carol Bove created in response to the work of Carlo Scarpa. The New Museum also presented The New—Jeff Koons's first solo exhibition in New York—in 1980.
June 7–August 13, 2017
Raymond Pettibon. The Cloud of Misreading at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow was the artist's first solo presentation in Russia. The exhibition brought together more than 300 works including ephemera and materials from Pettibon's personal archive. The exhibition was curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Massimiliano Gioni from the New Museum in New York, and was accompanied by a booklet containing Russian translations of some of the texts that appear on the artist’s works.
Read more: a profile of the artist in The New York Times
Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work, the solo exhibition by "the enigmatic, fantastically erudite artist," as Peter Schjeldahl wrote in his review in The New Yorker, traveled to the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht in The Netherlands following its critically acclaimed debut at the New Museum in New York. Curated by New Museum curators Gary Carrion-Murayari and Massimiliano Gioni and featuring over 700 drawings from the 1960s to the present, A Pen of All Work was the largest presentation of Pettibon's work to date. A related exhibition also curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari and entitled Raymond Pettibon. The Cloud of Misreading opened at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow in June.
The exhibition publication features contributions by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Massimiliano Gioni, who interviewed Pettibon, and Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Frances Stark, and Lynne Tillman. Published by the New Museum | Phaidon
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon began collaborating in the summer of 2015, creating works by swapping drawings in the "exquisite corpse" method, in which a partner is only given portions of an otherwise concealed drawing to work on. The drawings first appeared in Dzama / Pettibon, a zine published to coincide with Printed Matter's 2015 New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. Produced in an edition of 200, the zine sold out on the first day of the fair.
An expanded second edition of the zine was later published for Forgetting the Hand, an exhibition of the artists' collaborative works at David Zwirner in New York. The second edition included 20 additional drawings and a text by poet Andrew Durbin. The collaboration continued as Dzama and Pettibon created works for the exhibition Let us compare mythologies, which was on view at the London gallery later in 2016.
In 2016, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg presented Homo Americanus, a major survey of Pettibon's work. The exhibition encompassed over 700 drawings from every part of Pettibon's career, the majority of which had never been shown before.
David Zwirner Books published the exhibition catalogue in collaboration with the museum. The 692-page volume includes texts by exhibition curator Ulrich Loock, Raymond Pettibon himself, and Lucas Zwirner. Arranged thematically in 32 chapters, the catalogue charts the development of important themes in Pettibon's work, such as hearts, Gumby, trains, baseball, surfers, and more.
The Artist Project is an online series produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which gives artists the opportunity to respond to the museum's encyclopedic collection. The Met invited Raymond Pettibon to participate in the third season of the project. In the video, he chose to discuss works by Joseph Mallord William Turner, saying: “I like art where you can see the struggle in making the work.”