Raymond Pettibon: TH' EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T
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The title of Raymond Pettibon's tenth solo show at David Zwirner, which has been rewritten using his personalized spelling, references a 1963 book by the legendary American football coach Homer Rice. The book details Rice's variation on the so-called T-formation, the precursor to most modern offensive formations in the sport. The potent, aggressive associations of the phrase are echoed in Pettibon's works, which address facets of contemporary American life.

Most of the works pair image and text, with each informing the other in a circular fashion. Ranging from a few words to several paragraphs, Pettibon's often rhythmic prose reflects his longstanding interest in poetry and philosophy. Quoting freely from sources including John Ruskin, Walt Whitman, Jacques Derrida, the Bible, and social media, and often adding self-coined expressions, the handwritten words complement Pettibon's bold imagery, adding humor and unexpected layers to the subject matter.
February 25, 2017 - April 15, 2017
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New York, NY 10011
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