This week, the New Museum announced that it will mount a survey of Raymond Pettibon’s work, the artist’s first major museum show in New York. The exhibition, titled “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work,” is set to open February 8, 2017 and will be on view through April 16.
The show is going to be big, spanning three floors and featuring more than 700 of Pettibon’s iconic ink drawings from the 1960s to today. Curated by the museum’s two high-profile curators, Gary Carrion-Murayari and Massimiliano Gioni, the exhibition will also include Pettibon’s self-published books and zines, as well as his lesser-known animation and video works. A catalogue, published by Phaidon, will accompany the exhibition, and will include contributions from Carrion-Murayari, Benjamin Buchloh, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Frances Stark, and Lynne Tillman.
Born in 1957 in Tucson, Pettibon first came to prominence in the 1980s as part of the thriving LA punk and art scene. His drawings, featuring his signature comic book style and poetic-political text, have appeared on the cover of dozens of classic records (most notably by the band Black Flag, which was started by Pettibon’s brother, Greg Ginn), zines, and posters. His work began to make gain notoriety in the gallery world toward the mid-to-late ‘80s and by the late 90s, he had emerged as one of the industry’s biggest stars.
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