Exhibition Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work

01-06-2017 - 29-10-2017

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht


The Bonnefantenmuseum is presenting the extensive retroperspective exhibition A Pen of All Work by the American artist Raymond Pettibon. The exhibition includes over 700 pieces of art dating from the 1960’s up to the present. Pettibon’s whole oeuvre is characterized by the inextricable link between text and image. The exhibition will be accompanied by a magnificently illustrated English-language catalogue that includes an interview with Raymond Pettibon


Pettibon (1957, Tuscon, USA) is one of the most central figures in American contemporary art. He is known for his comic-like drawings with ironic, ambiguous text. Since the late 1970s, the American artist has created more than 20,000 pieces of art, ranging from drawings, artist’s books and album cover designs to large-scale installations. In the 80’s he held cult hero status in the punk rock circuit in L.A. In his interplay of text and image, and his great diversity of themes, Pettibon oscillates between historical reflection, poetic humor and sharp criticism. A Pen of All Work shows his exceptional and influential oeuvre, giving emphasis to the literary and intellectual qualities of his work. The title of the exhibition is derived from a phrase by the romantic English poet Lord Byron, ‘Mine is a pen of all work’, meaning he controlled all styles and genres with his pen.



Adults: €12,-
Students: €6,-
Children: Free


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