Raymond Pettibon "Hard in the Paint"

David Zwirner 19th Street

poster for Raymond Pettibon "Hard in the Paint"

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David Zwirner presents an exhibition of new works by Raymond Pettibon, on display at the gallery’s 533 West 19th Street space.
Raymond Pettibon’s work embraces a wide spectrum of American “high” and “low” culture, from the deviations of marginal youth to art history, literature, sports, religion, politics, and sexuality. Taking their points of departure in the Southern California punk-rock culture of the late 1970s and 1980s and the “do-it-yourself” aesthetic of album-covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines that characterized the movement, his drawings have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary.

This exhibition takes its title from basketball terminology: used to describe a player moving within the rectangular and usually painted area below the net, “hard in the paint” indicates the difficulty in scoring from this angle amidst defensive pressure. In slang, it is also used to denote a confident, tough, or aggressive disposition, and as such, it is reflective of the directness of Pettibon’s work. Hard in the Paint presents a wide range of drawings unified by their bold, vivid lines and striking compositions. Fragments from American society have been singled out and distilled to key images, which often incorporate texts of varying length from one word to several paragraphs. The selection of texts, which over the course of Pettibon’s career have come to span a broad array of influences from popular media to Marcel Proust, William Faulkner, Henry James, Gustave Flaubert, and the Bible, relate both rhythmically and narratively to the visual content of his drawings, although their relationship may not always be immediately apparent.



from November 06, 2010 to December 21, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-11-06 from 18:00 to 20:00

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