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Raymond Pettibon
The Cloud of Misreading
2017
The artist's first solo exhibition in Russia

June 7 – August 13

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

A Pen of All Work
2017
Major solo exhibition in the United States and Europe
Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York (2017)
Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York (2017)
Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York (2017)
Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York (2017)
Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York (2017)
Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York (2017)
Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York (2017)
Raymond Pettibon
No Title (I thank the...), 2005
Pen and ink on paper
22 x 32 inches (55.9 x 81.3 cm)
Raymond Pettibon
No title (This feeling is...), 2011
Pen and ink on paper
37 1/4 x 49 1/2 inches (94.6 x 125.7 cm)

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

Read more: further reviews of A Pen of All Work in The New York Times and Time Out New York; a profile of the artist in The New York Times

Collaboration with Marcel Dzama
Ongoing since 2015
Drawings, zines, and exhibitions
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Forgetting the Hand at David Zwirner, New York (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Forgetting the Hand at David Zwirner, New York (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Forgetting the Hand at David Zwirner, New York (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Forgetting the Hand at David Zwirner, New York (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Forgetting the Hand at David Zwirner, New York (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Let us compare mythologies at David Zwirner, London (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Let us compare mythologies at David Zwirner, London (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Let us compare mythologies at David Zwirner, London (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Installation view of Let us compare mythologies at David Zwirner, London (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Cover of Dzama / Pettibon zine (2016)
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Dzama / Pettibon: Let us compare mythologies zine (2016)

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.

Homo Americanus
2016
Major solo exhibition at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg
Installation view of Homo Americanus at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg (2016)
Installation view of Homo Americanus at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg (2016)
Homo Americanus (David Zwirner Books / Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg, 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
2015
Online video series exploring The Met museum's collection

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.”

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of collaborative works by Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, on view at 533 West 19th Street in New York. Gallery artists since 1998 and 1995 respectively, this is the first time the pair has worked together. The drawings were originally created for a zine published by David Zwirner Books to coincide with Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 (September 2015).

 

The collaboration began in Summer 2015 with the artists swapping the first of a series of drawings to be completed by the other. In a variation of the "exquisite corpse" method in which a partner is only given portions of an otherwise concealed drawing to work on, Dzama and Pettibon developed each other's compositions through illustrations, collage, and writing. Just as the surrealists invented the technique in the early twentieth century as a playful and ultimately enriching exercise, the present drawings combine the two artists' distinct styles in a revealing and often seamless fashion. In several works, it is almost impossible to determine who made what, which indicates how both strove to assimilate the other's vision or anticipate his response.

 

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For more information about available works contact inquiries@davidzwirner.com

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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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"Sampler 2 is a show organized in response to or following up on Paul McCarthy's "Sampler" exhibition at David Zwirner in 1993. In that show, Paul McCarthy assembled an eclectic collection of single-channel video works dating from 1970-1993, chosen from artists who work, or have worked in Southern California. His choices were varied and included much performance-based work as well as narrative pieces and animation. In the current show, Sampler 2, which includes 47 works by 25 artists, we have tried to concentrate on more recent work, mainly from the 1990's, that takes as its inspiration the look, genres, structure, and techniques used by the television industry.

 

The work in the exhibition varies greatly. While some artists embrace the most obvious attributes of television: the style, duration, and camera work; others imitate genres, or use only one element such as feature-length script, direction, professional actors, editing, or the soundtrack as the link. Though certain works end up looking very close to actual television, most do not, as the artists rarely find it necessary to complete the package–instead they use only the formal elements which best support the narrative/poetic of the piece.

 

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On Thursday, September 14, the gallery will open with an exhibition of drawings by Raymond Pettibon. Mr. Pettibon has shown consistently in New York since 1986; however, this will be his first exhibition at David Zwirner. On view in the gallery will be a selection of drawings dating from 1982 to 1995. Furthermore, the artist will execute two large-scale wall drawings specifically for this show.

 

Raymond Pettibon's drawings, in which he combines picture and text, are striking for their almost incomprehensible depth of ideas, subject matters, associations, and metaphors. Dating back to the late 1970s, Pettibon adapted a drawing style similar to the one found in American comic books. He was interested in the cartoon's mode of presentation, which enabled him to use a more remote, generic drawing style versus a very personal one. He was not interested in the way narrative was treated in comics, namely with a continuous story line. In Pettibon's work, pictures and text are very often not connected in an obvious, logical way. What unifies pictures and text is the precise way in which the text elements are treated formally in the drawings. Especially in Pettibon's later work, where the text tends to be longer, the text part becomes an equal graphic element in the composition, thus creating a sense of urgency on behalf of the viewer, to produce meaning out of contradictory elements.

 

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For more information about available works, please contact inquiries@davidzwirner.com

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Opening on November 5th the gallery will show a selection of 35 single channel video tapes, all of which were produced by artists living and working in Southern California between the 1970 and 1993. The exhibition was organized by Los Angeles based artist Paul McCarthy who has been active in the Los Angeles art community since the late 60's, primarily as a performance and video artist. His recent installation in the exhibition "Helter Skelter" at the Los Angeles MOCA as well as his contributions to this years "Aperto" in Venice and to the critically acclaimed show "Post Human" in Lausanne have established Paul McCarthy as an important force in contemporary sculpture.

 

The artists whose video tapes will be featured in this show are: Bas Jan Ader, Eleanor Antin, Skip Arnold, John Arvanities, John Baldessari, Meg Cranston, John Duncan, Allan Kaprow, Hilja Keading, Mike Kelley, The Kipper Kids, Peter Kirby, Paul McCarthy, Susan Mogul, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Raymond Pettibon, Patty Podesto, Allen Ruppersburg, Ilene Segalove, Jim Shaw, Nina Sobel, Wolfgang Stoerchle, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto.

 

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