Monday, October 7, 2013

Raymond Pettibon @ David Zwirner

David Zwirner, in a clear attempt to make me take back everything negative I’ve ever said about the gallery, has a Pettibon show up next to the brilliant diCorcia show. Yeah, crazy good pairing. There are beautiful pictures of people on the edge of society in Los Angeles, and some beautiful and cryptic watercolors of a deranged drug addict living on the edge in LA. It’s a lot of what you’d expect from Pettibon, images visualize a very tormented subconscious, through a prism of early 1960’s iconography of men in suits and women with their hair up combined with cryptic text from literary sources that are beyond my usual reading list of photography history and professional wrestling biographies. Pettibon has noticeably increased the amount of penis in his drawings, creating a very overt male sexuality to the work, which leans, at least to me, more gay porn then anything else. Also there is more color and still-lifes than I recall in past shows. Good stuff, great pairing with diCorcia. I only wish they had mixed the two into one show. It would have been the tits.

Through Oct. 19th
David Zwirner (525 W 19th St. btw. 10th & 11th Aves.)


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