Raymond PettibonA Pen of All Work

Historical reflection, emotional longing,
poetic wit, and strident critique

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No Title (Easier to change…), 1984. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
Captive Chains, 1978. Artist’s book. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

 

For over thirty years, Raymond Pettibon has been chronicling the history, mythology, and culture of America with a prodigious and distinctive voice. Through his drawings’ he moves between historical reflection, emotional longing, poetic wit, and strident critique. Since the late 1960s, he has produced thousands of drawings and energetic installations that have been executed internationally. These works poignantly evoke the country’s shifting values across time, from the idealistic postwar period in which he was born to the collapse of the American counterculture in the ’70s and ’80s to the painful military and social conflicts of the present.
The New Museum presents the artist’ first major survey exhibition in New York. Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work is the largest presentation of Pettibon’s artwork to date, featuring more than 700 drawings from the 1960s to the present. A unique collection of objects and distinctly immersive installation will provide insight into the mind of one of the most influential and visionary living American artists.
 

 

HIS VISUAL UNIVERSE IS POPULATED BY THE GHOSTS OF THE LAST
CENTURY OF AMERICAN HISTORY, INCLUDING SUCH DISPARATE CHARACTERS AS
CHARLES MANSON, GUMBY, SUPERMAN, AND RONALD REAGAN.