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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Los Angeles (gifted by the artist)
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 17 December 2005, lot 158
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    With the opening of his landmark exhibition, Raymond: Pettibon: A Pen of All Work, in February 2017 at the New Museum, New York, Raymond Pettibon’s celebrated graphic works have been the focus of recent critical acclaim on an international platform. Cementing his profound exploration into the dynamics of text and image, Pettibon’s nuanced understanding of connotative linguistic devices and evocative imagery has resulted in his distinct aesthetic and iconic visual syntax, evident throughout his prolific oeuvre. Commencing his graphic work in the sixties, Pettibon’s aesthetic encapsulated the confrontational and disaffected spirit of youth culture, specifically that of the Californian Punk scene. Working on zines, adverts and designing infamous album covers and posters for the band Black Flag, Pettibon’s witty, satirical and brash style courses with vital energy, incorporating a myriad cultural references. The present works are exemplary of Pettibon’s complex collaging of cultural narratives and associations, offering a biting critical reading of American history and culture.

  • 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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No Title (Above all, for the sense of exteriority and control that lie latent there; and for the feeling of freedom that comes from paying the rent)

signed and dated 'Raymond Pettibon 2003' on the reverse
ink on paper
23.6 x 56.2 cm (9 1/4 x 22 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2003.

£8,000 - 12,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 9 March 2018