Just In: Quintessential Raymond Pettibon

March 15, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that our upcoming May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature The Smell of Burning Rubber…, a 1989 ink on paper composition by Raymond Pettibon. A classic Pettibon marriage of image and text, it is a superb example of his work: fiery yet philosophical; deeply personal and yet iconographic.

Raymond Pettibon, The Smell of Burning Rubber... (1989) May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction
Lot 201, Raymond Pettibon, The Smell of Burning Rubber… (1989)
May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Raymond Pettibon studied economics at UCLA but emerged as an artist associated with the L.A. punk rock scene of the 1980s. He has since come to be regarded, like his peers Jim Shaw and the late Mike Kelley, as an exemplar of a new artistic sensibility, which refuses to draw distinctions between high and low culture. Pettibon has said that his imagery draws on influences like Goya, Hopper, and Turner—drawing as well on a heavy diet of comics—and that influences for his text range from the pearlescent prose of Henry James to the hard-boiled detective fiction of Mickey Spillane.

As the art critic Jim Lewis has written: “As much as any artist I can think of, Raymond Pettibon makes good on the promise of the Twentieth Century: that every scrap of culture counts for something, that the individual bits and pieces of our experience and our history can be reconstituted into some able story of our lives.” With a new major exhibition of works by Pettibon currently open at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the “bits and pieces” of American culture that Pettibon is known to incorporate into his art are shown to have a far-reaching and indelible impact on culture worldwide.

Lewis, Jim. “A Conversation with Raymond Pettibon,” Parkett vol. 47 (1996): pp. 56–61. Regan Projects. Web. 14 March 2016.

Lot Information:

Lot 201
Raymond Pettibon
The Smell of Burning Rubber…
Ink on paper
Signed and dated in black ink verso
Composition: 9.75″ x 15.75″; Sheet: 11.25″ x 17.5″; Frame: 13.25″ x 19.5″

Provenance: Richard/Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above)

Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

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