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No Title (As you were...)

No Title (As you were...), 2020 - Raymond Pettibon

No Title (As you were...), 2020

Raymond Pettibon  

48 x 65 cm / 18.9 x 25.59 inch
Edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: Ditone print on 320 g/m2 Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper
  • This work is unframed.
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about this work

Raymond Pettibon is well-known for his brazen pen-and-ink drawings often accompanied by cheeky or witty quotes drawn from a vast library of sources – from history and politics to pop culture and sports. In this edition, entitled No Title (As you were...), Pettibon transcribed in his unmistakable scratched handwriting what reads like an artist’s skeptical reply to an admiring connoisseur. In rather formal prose, the respondent signals that what follows is an offer of his feelings “in written form”: an imposing, elongated, yet lonesome “I.” It is indeed a literal, written form: “I” as letter, as shape. But is it also the inflated ego of the artist? Self-assured and proud, the “I” is unfazed by flattery, assertive of its stature even when its line is a bit unsteady. Most likely, the joke is on us.

about Raymond Pettibon

Raymond Pettibon is known for a prolific corpus of drawings characterised by certain enduring themes – baseball players, surging trains, waves, political figures and film-noir encounters. Ranging in scale and subject, Pettibon’s drawings hone in on certain objects, incidents or vistas, depicting modern America from a myriad of angles whilst ambiguously severing these images from a narrative context. Fragments of handwritten text – placed alongside or threaded within the imagery – add multiple shades of meaning and irony. At once personal and universal, Pettibon’s works blur the categories of art history – compressing elements of painting, cartoons, poetry, the novel, and polemics.

(courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ)

Raymond Pettibon’s work has been exhibited internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Bonnefantenmuseum; Maastricht; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; and New Museum, New York.

His work is part of many museum collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Raymond Pettibon is represented by the following galleries;
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Sadie Coles HQ, London 

Regen Projects, Los Angeles 

David Zwirner, New York / London / Paris / Hong Kong 

You can also discover more of Pettibon’s work on his own website

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