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Raymond Pettibon’s (b. 1957, Tucson, Arizona) influential oeuvre engages a wide spectrum of American iconography variously pulled from literature, art history, philosophy, religion, politics, sports, and alternative youth culture, among other sources. Intermixing image and text, his drawings engage the visual rhetorics of pop and commercial culture while incorporating language from mass media as well as classic texts by writers such as William Blake, Marcel Proust, John Ruskin, and Walt Whitman. Through his exploration of the visual and critical potential of drawing, Pettibon’s practice harkens back to the traditions of satire and social critique in the work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century artists and caricaturists such as William Hogarth, Gustave Doré, and Honoré Daumier, while reinforcing the importance of the medium within contemporary art and culture today. Pettibon’s work has been widely exhibited, including recent solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland; the New Museum, New York; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. This image is offered courtesy of David Zwirner and in conjunction with Pettibon’s current exhibition at Regen Projects, Los Angeles.
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