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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    “My style of drawing is largely a comic style, but it’s also much more obvious than comics. In the sixties, to do anything in art that had recognizable figures in it was considered an attempt to have the work draw attention to itself. Lichtenstein did it with benday dots and dialog balloons. It drew so much attention to itself, it was so perverse, that it became begrudgingly accepted. That’s not meant as a putdown of him. But there should never be any apologies in art, or any overt attention-drawing in that way. What I felt I was doing was making my work as transparent as possible, without equivocations, without calling attention to itself, without apology. There’s a lot of conventions in the art world that are not to be transgressed, but my economy of means doesn’t abide by those strictures. There’s no reason to abide by them. I don’t have any vested interest in it.”

    (Pettibon quoted in O'Connor, John. "Raymond Pettibon [Punk's Unofficial Artist]." Believer Dec. 2004/ Jan. 2005.)

  • Artist Biography

    Raymond Pettibon

    American • 1957

    Raymond Pettibon is an American artist, well-known for his works that combine text with drawings reminiscent of comic books. Pettibon first rose to prominence in the Southern California punk rock scene of the 1980s, designing album art for his brother Greg’s band, Black Flag. Though he holds a degree in economics from UCLA, Pettibon is completely self-taught as an artist. Pettibon’s work is often political in nature, critiquing American foreign policy and his experience of American life in general. 

    The artist was the subject of a major retrospective, entitled “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work” at the New Museum in 2017. His work has been collected by the Tate Modern, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Untitled (Measuring up)

1998
oil on canvas
24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Signed and dated "Raymond Pettibon 6-98" on the reverse.

Estimate
$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $74,500

Under the Influence

8 March 2012
New York