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Raymond Pettibon

Untitled (So that as a rule...), 2003

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Raymond Pettibon

Few artists have so successfully straddled the creative worlds of art and music like Raymond Pettibon. Born in Arizona in 1957, Pettibon honed his signature aesthetic and intellectual style parallel to the rise of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. It was this scene that gave Pettibon his first opportunities—album covers, concert flyers, and band logos—but by the mid-80s his work had developed unique, genre-defying brand of social commentary, and the art world took notice.

Part cartoon, part political editorial—and sometimes very personal—Pettibon’s visual world swims with watercolor, pencil, and gouache representations of marginalized youth and famous figures as diverse as Charles Manson and Gumby. Usually paired with astute, if not sardonic, original text or quotes, his dynamic works have been shown at the Istanbul, Liverpool, Whitney, and Venice Biennales, Documenta XI, and are held by museum collections around the world.

Few artists have so successfully straddled the creative worlds of art and music like Raymond Pettibon. Born in Arizona in 1957, Pettibon honed his signature aesthetic and intellectual style parallel to the rise of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. It was this scene that gave Pettibon his first opportunities—album covers, concert flyers, and band logos—but by the mid-80s h […] more

Untitled (So that as a rule...), 2003

A pairing of image and handwritten text that is quintessentially Pettibon, Untitled (So that as a rule…), 2003 depicts an ambiguity that those familiar with Pettibon’s work will immediately relate with the artist. Unlike many of Pettibon’s works, however, here a pink brushstroke only appears to hint at the artist’s highly figurative visual world, lending an exciting and less familiar touch of abstraction to Pettibon’s complex body of work.

“So that as a rule it is a weak line.” What Pettibon intends with this line of original text is as enigmatic as the image it has been paired with. Is it a commentary on art, or perhaps the state of the political system? However you read it, this compelling screen print on paper has been produced in an exclusive edition of 30 with nine additional artist’s proofs to keep you guessing—and reinterpreting—its meaning for years to come.

It's no wonder that Pettibon's works are sought by collectors, and his very limited editions are no exception. Take this rare opportunity to add one of his iconic pieces to your collection.

A pairing of image and handwritten text that is quintessentially Pettibon, Untitled (So that as a rule…), 2003 depicts an ambiguity that those familiar with Pettibon’s work will immediately relate with the artist. Unlike many of Pettibon’s works, however, here a pink brushstroke only appears to hint at the artist’s highly figurative visual world, lending […] more

Purchase Edition

Raymond Pettibon
Untitled (So that as a rule...), 2003

Size:
58,4 x 43 cm

Material:
Silkscreen print on paper

Edition:
30 + 9 AP, signed and numbered

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