Here's Your Irony Back (The Big Picture) | David Zwirner
Detail view of a painting by Raymond Pettibon titled No Title (Ask the illustrator...), dated 2007.

Raymond Pettibon

Here's Your Irony Back (The Big Picture)

Opening on September 11, 2007, David Zwirner is pleased to present a new exhibition of drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Raymond Pettibon. This will be the artist's seventh solo exhibition at the gallery. Recently included in the 52nd Venice Biennale, Pettibon is widely considered one of the most influential contemporary artists working today. In 2006 and 2007, Pettibon's work was the focus of an expansive survey, which originated at CAC Málaga, Spain and traveled to Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany. Kunsthalle Wien, Austria hosted a major retrospective in 2006, exhibiting over 500 drawings. Fully illustrated catalogues were published in conjunction with these European solo exhibitions. Pettibon received the Bucksbaum Award following his participation in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. The artist's work will be featured in the upcoming group exhibition, Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

From the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, Pettibon was closely associated with the record label SST Records and the punk rock band Black Flag, started by his brother Greg Ginn. Contributing work for album covers, concert flyers, and fanzines and producing photocopied books that the artist distributed himself, Pettibon was a pioneer of the do-it-yourself ethic and aesthetic, which came to characterize Southern California underground culture. Pettibon continues to blur the boundaries of "high" and "low," pulling freely from a myriad of sources that span the cultural spectrum. His obsessively worked drawings tackle aspects of art history, religion, sports, movies, music, and sexuality. In recent years, his thematic scope has become increasingly topical, addressing current political and social concerns, including American foreign policy and the war in Iraq. Finding early inspiration in comic books, Pettibon was interested in the cartoon's mode of generic and economical representation, which allowed for the development of a remote rather than deeply personal drawing style.

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A mixed media work on paper by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (Today the parrot. . .), dated 2007.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (Today the parrot. . .), 2007
Pen, ink, gouache, collage, graphite and
22 1/2 x 29 7/8 inches (57.2 x 75.9 cm)
A mixed media work on paper by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (We want them), dated 2007.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (We want them), 2007
Pen, ink, gouache, and collage on paper
22 3/4 x 30 inches (57.8 x 76.2 cm)
A mixed media work on paper by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (We criticize a), dated 2007.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (We criticize a), 2007
Pen, ink, gouache, acrylic, and collage on paper
29 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches (75.6 x 56.5 cm)
A mixed media work on paper by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (On paper cotton), dated 2007.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (On paper cotton), 2007
Pen, ink, gouache, acrylic, and collage on paper
30 x 22 3/4 inches (76.2 x 57.8 cm)

Raymond Pettibon’s 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. Rich in detail, his obsessively worked drawings take, as their point of departure, the Southern California punk-rock culture of the late 1970s and 1980s and the do-it-yourself aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines that characterized the movement—but they have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary. His subjects have included political figures and historical events throughout the years and with mounting intensity since September 11, 2001.

Installation view of the exhibition Raymond Pettibon: Here's Your Irony Back (The Big Picture), at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2007.
Installation view of the exhibition Raymond Pettibon: Here's Your Irony Back (The Big Picture), at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2007.
Installation view of the exhibition Raymond Pettibon: Here's Your Irony Back (The Big Picture), at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2007.
Installation view of the exhibition Raymond Pettibon: Here's Your Irony Back (The Big Picture), at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2007.
A mixed media work on paper by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (For once Cheney...), dated 2007.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (For once Cheney...), 2007
Pen, ink, and gouache on paper
21 1/2 x 14 inches (54.6 x 35.6 cm)
A mixed media work on paper by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (You could have), dated 2007.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (You could have), 2007
Pen, ink, and gouache on paper
29 3/4 x 21 1/2 inches (75.6 x 54.6 cm)

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