Raymond Pettibon, ‘Untitled (Shang-A-Lang)’, 1982, Wright

This work and lot 145 were acquired in the early 1980s by the present owner from Zero Zero Gallery, an after-hours punk rock club in Hollywood. The club showcased works of art by punk-adjacent artists such as Raymond Pettibon; these works were purchased from his first exhibition at the venue.

Acquired from Zero Zero Gallery, Hollywood, 1982 | Private Collection, Palm Springs

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