Era-defining Raymond Pettibon Group Headlines LAMA’s February 2020 Auction
Celebrated for his poetic and often caustic blend of high and low culture, this selection of Pettibon works was included in Paul Schimmel’s first exhibition as chief curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art, “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s.” Opened in 1992, the show played a pivotal role in redefining the influence of Los Angeles as a singular and distinct cultural epicenter. Pettibon’s installation, A Yarn Spun to No Mend, featured hundreds of works-on-paper in ink, watercolor, and acrylic, tacked irreverently floor-to-ceiling. Of these hundreds, only 24 were chosen for inclusion in the exhibition catalog — of those 24, 23 are now on offer from LAMA.
Fine Art Specialist Clo Pazera explains:
“LAMA has made its name by achieving new records for L.A. artists from the early 1960s and ‘70s, so we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to do the same for the generation of artists that came after. It is truly exciting to offer such an important grouping of works by Pettibon, from an exhibition curated by one of the defining voices in L.A. art from the ‘90s through today.”
While Pettibon is today recognized internationally as an icon, his aesthetic is firmly rooted in the raw-edged, outsider ethos of the 1970s and 1980s L.A. punk scene. Even those unfamiliar with Pettibon’s name are likely to recognize his Black Flag logo or his album cover for Sonic Youth’s 1990 album, Goo. Pettibon’s inclusion in “Helter Skelter” was essential not only to distilling and distinguishing a new L.A. sensibility, but to firmly establishing Pettibon as one of its champions.
“Instead of choosing to become part of the mainstream international scene,” Schimmel wrote in his exhibition essay, “many artists in L.A. have continued on their own tracks, waiting for the world to come to them, on their own terms.”
LAMA invites the public to view these major works by Pettibon during the auction preview to take place daily from February 7 through February 15th, 10am to 6pm PST. The auction will be held on Sunday, February 16th, beginning at 12pm PST.
Images available upon request.
23 works from A Yarn Spun to No Mend
Ink, watercolor, and acrylic on paper
Each signed and dated sheet verso; each retains Robert Berman Gallery labels frames verso; ten retain GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition labels frames verso
Together with MOCA exhibition catalogue
Provenance: Collection of the artist; Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, California; Private Collection, California
Exhibited: “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, January 26-April 26, 1992; “Raymond Pettibon: Hellbent ‘n Hardbound,” GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, December 14, 2002-March 16, 2003; “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work,” New Museum, New York, February 8-April 9, 2017
Illustrated: Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s. MOCA exh. cat. 1992. 123-124, 126-128.; Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work. New Museum exh. cat. 2017. 126-127.
Estimate: $500,000 – $800,000