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.”