Raymond Pettibon’s work embraces a wide spectrum of American “high” and “low” culture, from the deviations of marginal youth to art history, literature, sports, religion, politics, and sexuality. Taking their points of departure in the Southern California punk-rock culture of the late 1970s and 1980s and the “do-it-yourself” aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines that characterized the movement, his drawings have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1957, Pettibon graduated with a degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1977. He joined David Zwirner in 1995. Since then he has had eight solo exhibitions at the gallery, including his most recent show, Raymond Pettibon: Hard in the Paint, in 2010. An upcoming solo exhibition is planned for September 2013 at David Zwirner, New York.
On view June 3 to July 1, 2013 is a recent drawing reworked by the artist for the tenth installation of the High Line Billboard, located at 18th Street and 10th Avenue in New York.
Pettibon’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad, including recent solo shows at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2012); Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2007); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (both 2006); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (both 2005). In 1998, he had his first major American museum presentation, organized by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which traveled to The Drawing Center, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
He has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including the Liverpool Biennial (2010); SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2010 and 2004); the Venice Biennale (2007 and 1999); the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004, 1997, 1993, and 1991); and documenta XI, Kassel, Germany (2002).
Major permanent collections which hold works by the artist include the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among others. Pettibon lives and works in New York and Venice Beach, California.