Latest Tweets

12 Aesthetically Pleasing Gifts for the Art Lover https://t.co/jOhuuKu8eQ via @ArchDigest https://t.co/Zjb3Up1GVl
16 hours ago

In Miami this weekend? Join us booth B507 @Art_Miami to discover new works by #DamienHirst #HarlandMillerhttps://t.co/iyKkDT7PS4
16 hours ago

Our newest editions by Damien Hirst are showcased at @Art_Miami until Sunday 4th December https://t.co/chBFKIYfOs https://t.co/cvKpOCorlo
2 days ago

#NEW Damien Hirst edition: Love is All You Need – exclusively available at Other Criteria https://t.co/dOMvUc1QMq https://t.co/yi55B18Tqh
2 days ago

Sneak peek from our booth B507 at @Art_Miami #DamienHirst #PollyMorgan https://t.co/xDjtrWG11F
3 days ago

RT @other_criteria: Save 40% on selected books, posters, t-shirts and more! Black Friday Sale Exclusively Online until midnight 25 Nov http…
1 weeks ago

Save 40% on selected books, posters, t-shirts and more! Black Friday Sale Exclusively Online until midnight 25 Nov… https://t.co/qrxf65F0AL
2 weeks ago

Raymond Pettibon at Sadie Coles

December 10, 2009 by Ellie

No Title (Having one awakened), 2009,
pen, ink and gouache on paper,  55.9 x 43.8 cm, uniqueNo Title (Having one awakened), 2009, pen, ink and gouache on paper, 22 x 17 ¼ in / 55.9 x 43.8 cm, unique

For his latest show with Sadie Coles HQ, Raymond Pettibon is exhibiting a series of new drawings together with a number of seminal pieces from the 1980s. Pettibon’s recent body of work shows his art at its most eclectic: comic book vignettes, art historical motifs and literary quotation conflate beguilingly into a multivalent artistic idiom, described by the critic Robert Storr as “ideas, echoes and impressions that well up and marble in the imagination”. Threaded through with an oblique, elusive irony, Pettibon’s drawings veer between homage and critique in their reflection of American politics, culture and counter-culture from the 1960s onward.

Pettibon's recent works display a newly 'painterly' quality. A number of them are predominantly monotone, with black brushstrokes flecked expressionistically across the page. Others abound with colour: the textured gouache and acrylic work No Title (As he enlarged) shows red curtains opening upon a swirling blue planet Earth; while in Not Title (We would then), a fountain of colour – at once psychedelic and sickly – spews outward alongside textual fragments that include Aldous Huxley's account of taking mescaline. In many of the works, cartoon-style exclamatives streak across the page, echoing the stylised transcriptions of Lichtenstein and other Pop artists, and yet often spelling out unintelligible sounds suggestive of a primeval state anterior to language. The 'howl' is one of a number of recurrent motifs in Pettibon's new work; the human heart also reappears here as a dense, delicately rendered mass of capillaries.

No Title (Bitch what up), 2009,
pen, ink and gouache on paper, 55.0 x 76.2 cm, uniqueNo Title (Bitch what up), 2009, pen, ink and gouache on paper, 55.0 x 76.2 cm, unique

Pettibon's black and white drawings from the 1980s evidence a sparing, linear style. The pronounced, starkly drawn expressions evoke comic strips – much of Pettibon's work from this period indeed took the form of fanzines. Pieces of excised text float suggestively above or beneath the images, baldy suspended within the white of the page and suspended in meaning between a multiplicity of emotional registers and connotations.

From his earliest pieces drawing upon the Los Angeles punk rock scene, Pettibon's art has been characterised by this kind of historical and stylistic dissonance. Pop-cultural influences intermingle with those of Goya and Blake; cartoonish exaggerations and conflicting perspectives are juxtaposed with subtle tonal variations; and the cacophony of transcribed and reformulated texts – high-brow and low-brow – confirm Pettibon's meandering, panoramic historical perspective.

No Title (A breath realised), 2009,
pen, ink and gouache on paper, 76.2 x 55.9 cm, uniqueNo Title (A breath realised), 2009, pen, ink and gouache on paper, 76.2 x 55.9 cm, unique

All images are Copyright Raymond Pettibon; courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.