Raymond Pettibon is the kind of artist whose path to fame is what most kids dream of.
Originally a poster and album art artist in SoCal in the ’80s, he rose to fame drawing for his
brother’s punk rock band Black Flag and he’s now internationally renowned who’s shown at
galleries in Miami, New York and Barcelona.
His work is mostly in ink, and his style is dramatic and bold, drawing on inspiration that
ranges from comic books to film noir. Mixed with cartoon-penned text, this self-taught artist
shows off his punk roots and anti-establishment criticisms as he comments on everything
from baseball to religion and politics.
A retrospective of his work is currently on at the New Museum in New York. It’s one of the
biggest presentations of his work ever, with over 800 drawings from the last 60 years that
show his droll, bleak view of things.
The exhibition also explores the man behind the artwork, and includes zines he produced in
the ’60s and videos he made with friends. Dense—and intense—this is one exhibition that
will make you think.