Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work,” 2017. New Museum, New York. Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio
Although an influential figure whose art has spanned decades of American history while commenting on and critiquing it, Pettibon’s lifetime work has never been curated for a major survey in New York – until now.
Displayed on three floors of the New Museum, his drawings range from the size of paper scraps to taking up the better part of a wall. His subject matter is equally wide-ranging. His stylized work combining illustrations and words is at times external; there is political commentary beside caricaturesque versions of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Other times it is wholly internal, rumination of someone who seems profoundly sad or heartbroken. Pettibon’s work is chaotic and for the most part, monochromatic, which stylistically coheres his riffs on themes from religion to romance into what looks like a deconstructed culture comic.
There’s a logic to putting art on a T-shirt: comparatively cheap, no need to find wall or floor space, avoids the business of installation (unless you count getting dressed) and allows you to show your collection out and about… I have a few examples which are fun to wear. Here are some which quite often get asked about: sometimes, I’m stopped in the street…
Celebrating the maverick spirit and enduring legacy of New York and Chicago art dealer Hudson (1950-2014) and his gallery Feature Inc. ‘For Your Infotainment: Hudson and Feature Inc.’ will showcase major artists who received their gallery debutat Hudson’s seminal space in the 1980s, ‘90s and early 2000s.