Raymond Pettibon

One more line

, 2005
  • Material
    Etching, signed and numbered on the front
  • Edition Size
    35
  • Measurement
    15,75 x 19,5 in
    (40 cm x 49 cm, Papersize)
  • Details about the frame
    Hand-finished maple frame, with spacers, size of the frame: approx. 54 cm x 45 cm, with regular glass, ready to hang. If you are looking for another frame, please don´t hesitate to contact us.
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About the artist

For some, he is "one of the most powerful chroniclers of the American Dream", for others, the illustrator of American punk rock - who designed album covers for bands like "Black Flag" and " Sonic Youth" - is legendary. The artist in question is Californian Raymond Pettibon (born 1957). In the early 1980s, Pettibon began to publish his ink drawings, which often combine socially critical texts with images. The punk fans became art collectors and Pettibon became one of the most sought after contemporary artists.

Pettibon first studied economics before devoting more and more of his time to his art and eventually designing illustrations for fanzines and flyers, posters and album covers, including for the record label belonging to his half-brother, Greg Ginn. It was not long before the art world discovered him and his drawings were exhibited at the MoMA in New York, the Biennale in Venice and, in 2002 documenta 9 in Kassel.

About the Edition

"One More Line" is written in Raymond Pettibon's distinctive handwriting on this etching depicting a little bird building a nest - a very special find by artflash! We discovered the etching in a small print shop in Santa Monica / Los Angeles, where its creator grew up. Like no other artist, Pettibon captured the micro-cosm of California from the 1980s to the 2000s in his ink drawings.

Whether his subject is the crucified Elvis Presley wearing sunglasses and underpants, surfers riding huge blue waves, bloody guns or a typical middle-class American wife - Pettibon embellishes his comic-like figures with black-humored, sometimes serene but more often scathing excerpts of texts, whose sources range from the Bible to Marcel Proust. The text fragments frequently do not immediately appear to have a direct contextual relationship to Pettibon's imagery and may even seem inconsistent or ambiguous.

In "One More Line", this ambiguity is also apparent when one looks at the bird holding a line-like twig in its beak as it busily works on its nest; the work seems to have been executed quickly, full of innocence and concentration.

If one is lucky and is able to experience Pettibon during one of his public appearances, however, one may well see the artist working with eyes lowered, and simultaneously sense his enormous presence. Then this apparent innocence becomes dubious and the viewer might rightly question whether the artist was really just making a simple study of nature when he executed the drawing on paper in a friends` print shop in Santa Monica.

Latest Exhibitions (Selection)

2016, Homo Americanus, Raymond Pettibon, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg-Harburg
2015, From my bumbling attempt to write a disastrous musical, these illustrations muyst suffice, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
2012, Raymond Pettibon. Whuytuyp, Kunstmuseum Luzern
2012, Tracing the Century, Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, Tate Liverpool
2012, Kids, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
2011, Under the Big Black Sun, California Art 1974-1981, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
2011, Albertina Contemporary, Gerhard Richter bis Kiki Smith, Albertina, Wien
2011, Compass, Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New York, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2010, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool
2010, Draw, Mexico City, Abarrotera Mexicana, Guadalajara
2010, Collecting Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2010, Hard in the Paint, David Zwirner, New York
2009, MOCA´s First Thirty Years, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
2009, The Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
2009, Sonic Youth etc., Sensational Fix, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
2008, Noleftovers, Kunsthalle Bern
2007, Ed Ruscha/Raymond Pettibon, The Holy Bible and the end, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
2007, 52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venedig
2007, Richard Artschwager, Louise Bourgeois, Roni Horn, Raymond Pettitbon, Xavier Hufkens, Brüssel
2006, Kunst aus Los Angeles der 60er bis 90er Jahre, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig
2006, Thank you for the music (London Beat), Sprüth Magers London
2006, Raymond Pettibon - Whatever it is you're looking for you won't find it here - Kunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), Wien
2006, Where are we going, Selections from the Francois Pinault Collection , Palazzo Grassi, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venedig
2005, Big Bang, Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
2005, Just do it!, Die Subversion der Zeichen von Marcel Duchamp bis Prada Meinhof, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
2005, Raymond Pettibon, Drawing from the Modern, 1975-2005, MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2004, Beautiful Losers, CAC - Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
2003, Blinde wehrt Euch!, Gibt´s mich wirklich, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
2002, Documenta 11, Kassel
2002, Raymond Pettibon, Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, MACBA, Barcelona
2001, Televisions, Kunst sieht fern, Kunsthalle Wien
1999, Stop the Violence, MAK, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Wien
1998, Dix / Pettibon, Traue deinen Augen, Kunsthalle zu Kiel
1998, Early Works, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
1998, Raymond Pettibon - The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago
1997, Heaven, MoMA PS1, New York
1994, Mapping, MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1992, Helter Skelter, L.A. Art In The 1990s, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
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