Black Flag

Raymond Pettibon, Buy This Painting for $50 (1983)

April 11, 2013

Raymond Pettibon, the younger brother of guitarist and songwriter for Los Angeles’s legendary punk band, Black Flag, became exposed to a subculture that was current, abrasive, and loud at an early age. He quickly became eager to participate by drawing graphic, comic-inspired imagery to be published in zines, and used for band fliers and album artwork. Among the impressive roster of indie and punk bands that have commissioned the artist, some of his most widely recognized album covers include those for the Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Black Flag, and the Minutemen.

Buy This Drawing (1983), an early work on paper, comes from the collection of Exene Cervenka of the Los Angeles punk band “X”. The image of an unclad female reposed in bed with the words “Love” and “Haight” painted across her thighs shows how wittily Pettibon employs text to accompany what has been illustrated. Read more about this work on paper with excellent provenance to be offered in the May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction.