Raymond Pettibon
The Books 1978-2001

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of a wide range of drawings by Raymond Pettibon dating from the late 1970s through this year. The exhibition, curated by Roberto Ohrt, previously appeared at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin and the MAK Vienna before traveling to New York. This, the artist's fourth exhibition at David Zwirner, will include more than 100 drawings from the artist's archive shown alongside the photocopied zines in which many of them were first presented.


This exhibition strives to show how Pettibon developed his image-text drawings in the context of these self-published zines, folded and center-stapled 8  x 11 sheets and issued in very small editions. Working in Los Angeles, Pettibon produced more than 100 of these booklets from the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. By presenting working proofs of the zines in progress, Mr. Ohrt demonstrates how Pettibon would rework texts and images throughout the development of the pamphlets.


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