Raymond Pettibon – A Pen of All Work – Bonnefantenmuseum
A Pen of All Work
2 June 2017 – 29 October 2017
From 2 June, the Bonnefantenmuseum is presenting a big retrospective of the drawings of American artist Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work. It is the first exhibition of Pettibon’s work in the Netherlands since 2002 and is presented in collaboration with the New Museum in New York. The exceptionally voluminous oeuvre of this artist is difficult to pigeon-hole, and it forms a separate artistic category in itself, as it were. Text and image are inextricably linked in Pettibon’s drawings. Although he is mainly known for his status as a cult hero in the Los Angeles punk music scene of the 1980’s, A Pen of All Work places a special focus on the literary quality and sources of inspiration in his work.
Raymond Pettibon is a contemporary American artist known for his stylized ink drawings combining image and text. His inventive narratives blend “high” and “low” references to yield incisive critiques of contemporary culture, often featuring black humor and biting one-liners. Born Raymond Ginn June 16, 1957 in Tucson, AZ, the artist is self-taught, but cites drawings by William Blake, Edward Hopper, and Francisco de Goya as instructive to his practice, which also draws from comics, cartoons, and other Pop iconography. Beginning in the 1970s, Pettibon designed album covers and ephemera for the bands Black Flag and Sonic Youth, and published his illustrations in numerous independent zines, such as Tripping Corpse (1980s). “My drawing also came out of editorial-style cartoons I was doing at the time,” he observed of his early practice. “Music was one thing and art was another, and there weren’t really any standards for my art.” The artist currently lives and works in New York, NY and his work can be found in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate Gallery, London, among others.