Saturday, February 4, 2017

Raymond Pettibon | Untitled (Justly Felt and Brilliantly Said)

Raymond Pettibon
Untitled (Justly Felt and Brilliantly Said)
Zurich, Switzerland: Parkett Editions, 1996
24 x 195 cm.
Edition of 60 signed and numbered copies [+ 20 AP]

Produced for Parkett Magazine issue #47, this ten-panel accordion-fold silkscreen is a varied edition, with unique hand-written texts and pressed flower additions accompanying each. The work was printed by Lorenz Boegli, in Zurich, on Arches 120g/m2 wove paper. It was originally priced at $660 US. In 2013 Christies sold number 17/60 for $1406 US, while current listings are between two and three thousand.

“By placing texts in unique, single drawings, Pettibon has found a means of surmounting his intrinsic difficulty and revealing the aesthetic potential of ‘bad’ commercial mass literature within the framework of his art. Pettibon is not the only artist over the past few decades to pursue such ends in incorporating texts in his work; others have also grasped this opportunity—both literally and figuratively. (…) His pictures serve the interests of poetry, which—given the hegemony of the mechanically-printed word in current culture—cannot afford the appropriations and recontextualizations which have already become standard practice in art.”
- Boris Groys 

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