A Day With: Raymond Pettibon

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DAY with

Raymond
Pettibon

Raymond Pettibon in his studio, 2019. Photo: Jason Schmidt. Courtesy David Zwirner.

Raymond Pettibon is a contemporary American artist known for his stylized ink drawings, which combine images and text. His imaginative narratives combine historical content with consumerism to give rise to an incisive analysis of contemporary society. Inspired by comics and other pop culture imagery, Pettibon first started to design album covers and mementos for his brother’s band Black Flag in the mid-1970s. He has subsequently become widely recognized in the fine art world for using American iconography variously pulled from literature, art history, philosophy, and religion to politics, sport, and sexuality. Pettibon’s work has been exhibited widely and is found in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among many others. This week, Pettibon shares with Seventyfour a day through drawings.

Raymond Petitbon, No Title (World b free…), 2020 © Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

Lloyd B. Free was one of my favorite ballers back in the 80s for the Philadelphia 76sers, then he changed his name to World B. Free. Ron Artest, from St Johns and the Lakers, also changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011. World B. Free was the originator and now we have Black Lives Matter, peace and equality on the jerseys, it was about time!

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (“Stop resisting!” It…), 2019 © Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

This is old news to me, I am from LA. Grew up with the belt, William Parker, Ed Davis, Thomas Reddin, Peter J. Pitchess, Daryl Gates, LAPD…

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Who wonders in…), 2020 © Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

With baseball pitching, 3 quarters is 9pm, and 12 is overhand.

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Jackie Robinson…), 2020 © Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

Jackie Robinson U.C.L.A. was first in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He has played for the Harlem Globetrotters. Raymes Avenue Creeps. Second base going home.

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Shadow govt. The…), 2020 © Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

The Rodgers Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Flangist riot doyg.), 2020 © Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

I lost my dogs in Istanbul, found El Segundo, take me back home.

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Gridley wrong.), 2020 © Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Route 66 Ten…), 2020 © Raymond Pettibon. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

Mister Ed and Mrs Eddie


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