No Title (A dialogue, stated …)


Ink on paper

57 x 39.5 cm

This large series of ink drawings made over a period of some twenty years attests to Raymond Pettibon's singular graphic world, imbued with do-it-yourself and whose anecdotal motifs are set against a backdrop of impertinence, cynicism and absurdity.

With incisive style, taste for black and white and hand-written comments, the American artist's drawings explicitly refer to comics. The ambiguous relationship he creates between text and image, which either cancels or confirms the meaning of one or the other, generally confuses the viewer. Beyond morals, his rich satirical body of work is nourished by religious iconography, pop culture and pornographic fantasies.

Acquired by the Pinault Collection, these drawings by Raymond Pettibon were presented in the two group shows, Where Are We Going? and Post-Pop, that inaugurated the new Palazzo Grassi in Venice, in 2006.