Photos by G. Art by Raymond Pettibon.
When you walk into the David Zwirner gallery in Manhattan and look at “To Wit” by Raymond Pettibon, it will suck you in instantly. Arranged in chunks of paintings, it appears as if you are walking into a comic book and only when you look closely at the subject matter in the paintings, will you find the subversiveness and wit as the title of the exhibit suggests. For those unaware of Raymond Pettibon’s art, he designed the iconic Black Flag logo for the band which could help the non-art aficionado understand the DIY and eff you establishment nature and themes in his works.
With works dealing with huge penises, non-lasting erections, calling God a homosexual and lots of commentary on society, so come to the show with an open mind and with your sense of humor!
“To Wit” by Raymond Pettibon is showing at David Zwirner Gallery (at 519 West 19th Street) in Manhattan through October 26, 2013. For more details, click here.
I met the artist at the opening night reception and it was an experience for the books. Let me set the scene – it is raining so hard outside that even with an umbrella, being outside ensures you will be drenched instantly. The galleries in Chelsea are PACKED – some to avoid getting wet, some to look at the art. It’s crowded, hot and steamy in all the galleries and most everyone is soaked. But with that being said, I tracked down Raymond Pettibon and by the time I did so, I looked like a drowned rat! Bad hair day be damned, Raymond was super cool and gladly obliged a photo with me. Thanks Raymond!