The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 19, 2014


New Works by Artist Raymond Pettibon on Display in "Hard in the Paint" at David Zwirner
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (She must know...), 2010. Pen, ink, and gouache on paper, 33 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches, 84.5 x 64.1 cm. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.
NEW YORK, NY.- David Zwirner presents an exhibition of new works by Raymond Pettibon, on display at the gallery’s 533 West 19th Street space.

Raymond Pettibon’s work embraces a wide spectrum of American “high” and “low” culture, from the deviations of marginal youth to art history, literature, sports, religion, politics, and sexuality. Taking their points of departure in the Southern California punk-rock culture of the late 1970s and 1980s and the “do-it-yourself” aesthetic of album-covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines that characterized the movement, his drawings have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary.

This exhibition takes its title from basketball terminology: used to describe a player moving within the rectangular and usually painted area below the net, “hard in the paint” indicates the difficulty in scoring from this angle amidst defensive pressure. In slang, it is also used to denote a confident, tough, or aggressive disposition, and as such, it is reflective of the directness of Pettibon’s work. Hard in the Paint presents a wide range of drawings unified by their bold, vivid lines and striking compositions.

Fragments from American society have been singled out and distilled to key images, which often incorporate texts of varying length from one word to several paragraphs. The selection of texts, which over the course of Pettibon’s career have come to span a broad array of influences from popular media to Marcel Proust, William Faulkner, Henry James, Gustave Flaubert, and the Bible, relate both rhythmically and narratively to the visual content of his drawings, although their relationship may not always be immediately apparent.

In keeping with Pettibon’s prolific practice, the works in this exhibition alternately address violence, humor, sex, evolution, and sports. In some drawings, the subject matter is immediately recognizable: No Title (For getting a…) depicts the moment a baseball player swings his bat; No Title (No time to…) shows a gunshot fired at a police officer. Other works combine a variety of references, some politically motivated. In No Title (Don’t ask! Don’t…), young men take off their clothes in a graveyard under the observation of a uniformed officer. As if commenting on recent American foreign policy, the Stars and Stripes motif is visible in the top left corner, and a text towards the bottom reads: “It would be like getting your own star engraved on some faraway sandy desert.” No Title (She must know…) portrays a young woman in a similar pose to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. In place of the winding paths and trees that make up the background of the iconic Renaissance painting, she is surrounded by ironic and contradictory art historical lingo, which is summarized by a sentence towards the top: “She must know that we are reading a fiction with her.”

While there is always a narrative behind Pettibon’s work, punch-lines and single, intended meanings seldom surface. The artist’s use of language is more accurately a reaction and antidote to mainstream journalistic jargon—a unique form of contemporary image-infused poetry that drills deep into the American psyche. As more text has been incorporated into his drawings over the years, they have in turn become increasingly painterly and colorful. Drawing with an urgency rarely matched by his contemporaries, Pettibon continues a tradition of cultural commentary exemplified by artists such as Francisco Goya and Honoré Daumier in the late 18th and 19th centuries. His talented draftsmanship, combined convincingly with the cartoonlike, economical style of his representations, speaks swiftly and freely about contemporary culture.

Since he emerged on the art scene in the 1980s, Pettibon’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally, including solo shows at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 1998 (the exhibition traveled to the Drawing Center, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 2005; and the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California, in 2009 (with Yoshua Okon). Pettibon participated in Documenta XI in Kassel in 2002 and in the Venice Biennale in 2007, and his works are included in important private and public collections worldwide. He lives and works in Venice Beach, California

David Zwirner | Raymond Pettibon | New York | "Hard in the Paint" |


Today's News

November 7, 2010

Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/ Performance at the Guggenheim in Bilbao

Striking Show of 42 Works by Damien Hirst as Print Maker Opens at the Bowes Museum

128 Years After Construction, Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Finally Becomes a Church

Abracadabra: New Abstract Enamels by Kim MacConnel at Quint Contemporary

Reginald Marsh Drawings, Andy Warhol Prints Among Highlights of Swann Galleries' November 18 Auction

New Works by Artist Raymond Pettibon on Display in "Hard in the Paint" at David Zwirner

Sales of Russian Art at Sotheby's Total $14.4 Million, Important Russian Enamels and Fabergé Sold

DC Moore Gallery to Represent Mark Innerst and Opens First Exhibition with the Artist

Imperial War Museum North Exhibits a New Sculpture by Renowned Contemporary Artist Gerry Judah

First Solo Gallery Exhibition at Luhring Augustine of New Work by Artist Elad Lassry

A 2,000-Year-Old House in the Ancient Roman City of Pompeii Collapses Officials Said

Chinese Avant-Garde Artist Ai Weiwei Under House Arrest, Not Allowed to Travel to Shanghai

Laura Lynch Named Director of Education at the Nassau County Museum of Art

Simon Patterson's First Solo Exhibition in New York Since 1993 at Benrimon Contemporary

Bonhams to Sell East Anglian Paintings with American Links

The Phillips Collection Joins Forces with The George Washington University

Museums Unite to Chronicle Post-War LA Art Scene

Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum is Hoping to Save Unique Zodiac Settle Designed by William Burges

The Getty Announces Gift by Dr. Richard A. Simms in Memory of James N. Wood

Ancient Skulls Mailed to Brigham Young University

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Fever mounts as stunning statues found at Alexander The Great-era tomb

2.- Hi-tech underground scans reveal vast complex of monuments at Britain's Stonehenge

3.- National Geographic Museum opens exhibition featuring shark-munching Spinosaurus

4.- First major New York City exhibition to explore Vienna Actionism opens at Hauser & Wirth

5.- Elizabeth I 'airbrushed' for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI

6.- Award winning Swedish director Daniel Fridell to direct Kalliope Films' Vincent Van Gogh biopic

7.- Comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Joan Miró's work opens at the Albertina

8.- Synchrotron radiation technology in art conservation: Science to the rescue of art

9.- Mona Kuhn's first solo exhibition in the US opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery

10.- Sotheby's announces details of its sales series for Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon

Related Stories



New paintings by Philadelphia-born artist Lisa Yuskavage on view at David Zwirner

Exhibition of recent work by Japanese artist and architect Yutaka Sone at David Zwirner

Exhibition of new paintings by Belgian painter Raoul De Keyser at David Zwirner

New Sparsely-Colored, Figurative Paintings by Belgian Artist Luc Tuymans at David Zwirner

A Selection of Works from the 1960s and 70s by American Artist Michael Heizer at David Zwirner

Judd Foundation Announces It will Now Be Represented Exclusively by David Zwirner

Judd Foundation Announces It will Now Be Represented Exclusively by David Zwirner

New Works in Bronze and Steel by John McCracken at David Zwirner

Edward Kienholz's Renowned Installation Roxys, 1960-61 at David Zwirner

Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordstrom Exhibit at David Zwirner



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site