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.
Born in 1957 in Tucson, Arizona, Pettibon graduated with a degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977. Since joining David Zwirner in 1995, he has had nine solo exhibitions at the gallery in New York. On view October 5 through November 12, 2016 at THE UPPER ROOM at the gallery’s London location will be a two-person exhibition with Marcel Dzama. This presentation follows their show earlier this year at David Zwirner, New York.
In November, Museum der Moderne Salzburg will host Homo Americanus, a major museum survey of Pettibon’s work, encompassing over six hundred works from every part of the artist’s career, the majority of which have never been shown before. The show was first presented at Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg in Hamburg earlier this year. Accompanying the exhibition is a large-scale, comprehensive publication by David Zwirner Books, created in close collaboration with Pettibon.
In February 2017, the New Museum will present A Pen of All Work, a major solo exhibition of Pettibon’s work featuring over 700 drawings from the 1960s to the present, marking the artist’s first museum survey in New York and the largest presentation of his work to date.
Pettibon’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad. In 2013, he reworked a drawing from 2010 that was featured as the tenth installation of the High Line Billboard, located at 18th Street and 10th Avenue in New York. Prominent venues which have held recent solo exhibitions of the artist’s work include the Kumu Kunstimuuseum, Tallinn, Estonia (2015); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2012); Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2007); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (both 2006); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (both 2005). In 1998, he had his first American museum presentation, organized by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which traveled to The Drawing Center, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
He has participated in a number of group exhibitions worldwide, including the Istanbul Biennial (2011); Liverpool Biennial (2010); SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (2010 and 2004); Venice Biennale (2007 and 1999); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004, 1997, 1993, and 1991); and documenta XI, Kassel, Germany (2002).
Museum collections which hold works by the artist include the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among others. Pettibon lives and works in New York.