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    Raymond Pettibon, 'Untitled (When the Ground Becomes Hard and Firm)', Lot 294

    Editions & Works On Paper, 25 October

  • 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 (When the Ground Becomes Hard and Firm)

Etching and aquatint with hand-coloring, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 15 7/8 x 12 3/8 in. (40.3 x 31.4 cm)
S. 29 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (75.6 x 56.5 cm)

Signed, dated and annotated 'BAT' in pencil (the good-to-print impression, the edition was 30 without hand-coloring, there were also approximately 7 artist's proofs), published by GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, unframed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $20,000

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New York Auction 25 October 2019