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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Los Angeles (gift of the artist); Darrow Contemporary, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Dennis Cooper:  “So, in the case of surfing, it’s that you find the motif multiplicitous on a formal level, essentially?”
    Raymond Pettibon:  “Sometimes it is a visual interest, but it can also be the way something like surfing describes a society, and the people in it. I’ve done a lot of large drawings and prints of that imagery. It has that epic nature, that sublime nature that almost asks you to reproduce it full sized on the wall. So there are some images where I have reasons like that to do them again and again. But with something like Batman and Superman, for instance, they represent a lot more to me than Operaman, for instance. There’s a reason why I’m going to use them a lot. It’s what they represent to me.”
    (D. Cooper, “Interview: Dennis Cooper in conversation with Raymond Pettibon,” Raymond Pettibon, New York, 2001, p. 25)

  • Artist Bio

    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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No Title (a reaction to) Surfer

Acrylic on canvas.
20 1/8 x 15 7/8 in. (51.1 x 40.3 cm).
Signed “Raymond Pettibon” on the reverse.

$80,000 - 120,000 

sold for $92,500

Contemporary Art Part I

8 November 2010
New York