Raymond Pettibon, ‘IT IS TRUE’, 1987/88, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

Raymond Pettibon’s ink drawings on paper draw on the irreverence and political activism of the California punk-rock culture of the seventies and eighties, both in style and subject matter. The comic book aesthetic and disjointed text found in IT IS TRUE alludes to a wider narrative outside of the singular depicted snapshot. Pettibon has been represented by David Zwirner Gallery, New York since 1995, and has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, and dOCUMENTA in Kassel, Germany.

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About Raymond Pettibon

Having emerged from the Southern California DIY culture and its punk-rock sensibility, Raymond Pettibon fuses together youthful edginess and political engagement. Drawing from disparate cultural sources—from Marcel Proust to the Bible—the artist’s cartoon-inspired ink drawings on unframed paper recall the look of fanzines and concert flyers, however with an often cryptic semblance of narrative. More recently, Pettibon’s works have been a sustained critique of the Iraq War and American foreign policy, such as No Title ("Why press him?") (2007), which depicts George W. Bush with bloodied hands and surrounded by pointed, ironic commentary. Pettibon was a recipient of the Whitney's Bucksbaum award in 2004.

American, b. 1957, Tucson, Arizona, based in Hermosa Beach, California