A drawing by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (Play was not...), dated 1997.

Raymond Pettibon

On Saturday, October 25, the gallery will open with an exhibition of drawings by Raymond Pettibon. This will be the artist's second exhibition at David Zwirner. On view in the gallery will be a selection of small and large works on paper. The artist will also create large-scale wall drawings, made specifically for this show that deals with issues of philosophy. His work is also currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the exhibition, "A Decade of Collecting: Selected Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Drawing" (through January 19th, 1998). The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago are planning a major retrospective of his work for 1998. The Kunsthalle Bern will also be publishing a new catalogue, edited by Ulrich Loock, to be released later this winter.

In the late 1970's, Pettibon adopted a drawing style which was similar to that found in American comic books. The cartoon's mode of presentation enabled Pettibon to use a more remote, generic drawing style as opposed to a very personal one. Pettibon was not interested in the way linear narrative was used in comics; in his work, pictures and text are very often not connected in an obvious, logical way. Instead, he unifies picture and text through his curious treatment of text as a formal element of the composition. As the amount of text in his work increases, which is the case in his later work in particular, text and picture grow to become equal compositional elements; thus heightening the viewer's need to produce meaning out of contradictory elements.

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A drawing by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (I should have...), dated 1997.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (I should have...), 1997
Ink and pen on paper
23 x 17 3/4 inches (58.4 x 45.1 cm)
A drawing by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (And look at...), dated 1997.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (And look at...), 1997
Pen and ink on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76.2 x 57.2 cm)
A work on paper by Raymond Pettibon, titled No title (If it is...), dated 1997.

Raymond Pettibon

No title (If it is...), 1997
pen and ink on paper
18 x 11 3/4 inches (45.7 x 29.8 cm)
A drawing by Raymond Pettibon, titled No Title (As if Columbus...), dated 1997.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (As if Columbus...), 1997
pen and ink on paper
30 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches (77.47 x 57.15 cm)

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