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  • Catalogue Essay

    Thetext in the drawing says, "Inside the bookcase is a bust of Shakespeare, rub its nose and the wall of the library will shift and rotate like a turning page or revolving stage, revealing a hidden passageway...which opens into another room full of books."

  • 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 (inside the bookcase...)

Lithograph, on Somerset textured paper, the full sheet,
S. 14 1/2 x 20 1/2 in (36.8 x 52.1 cm)
signed and numbered 168/175 in pencil, published by the Editions/Artist's Book Fair, New York, in excellent condition, framed.

$300 - 500 

Sold for $1,375

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