Raymond Pettibon, one of the most subversive artists alive today, is finally getting a major retrospective in NYC. The show opened to the public this past Wednesday and will run thru April 9th. After that, it travels to the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where it will be on view from June 1–October 30, 2017.
“Raymond: Pettibon: A Pen of All Work” features 700 drawings from the 1960s to the present. It also includes some of his early self-produced zines and artist’s books, as well as several videos made in collaboration with fellow artists. He’s frequently described as a surf-punk artist and much of his early work was for flyers and album covers for his older brother Greg Ginn’s now-legendary band Black Flag.
He is one of the greatest, most influential chroniclers of contemporary American history, evoking the country’s shifting values across time, from the idealistic postwar period in which he was born (1957) to the collapse of the American counterculture in the ’70s and ’80s to the military and social conflicts of the present.
The New Museum and Massimiliano Gioni (artistic director) are on a curatorial roll. The shows just keep getting better. Loved last year’s amazing Pipilotti Rist show, now Pettibon. Next up, Carol Rama, another favorite who will be getting her first retrospective in the States in late April.
The New Museum also hosted an outstanding retrospective of Jim Shaw in 2015. His self-taught aesthetic and punk rock roots (Destroy All Monsters) are reminiscent of Pettibon’s. Kudos to the New Museum for championing this genre of art.
See below for photos from the Pettibon show.