New York

Raymond Pettibon

David Zwirner | 519 West 19th Street

Raymond Pettibon is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. With “Here’s Your Irony Back (The Big Picture),” the artist may also have been seeking some mainstream political relevance, appearing to dive headfirst into the deep end of the already crowded Bushbashing pool. In his characteristic ferocious dreamscape style, he pounds us with lamentations regarding the Iraq morass. Comprised of groupings of small-scale drawings on paper, the show finds Pettibon painting a lot of blood onto the hands of our current administration, and staging his deadpan outrage as a freak show: The title and the artist’s name are scrawled across the wall in blood-red paint in a gesture of ironic melodrama, or melodramatic irony.

Our discomfiting sociopolitical situation is powerfully evoked in the initial constellation of drawings, organized in relation to the phrase ISRAEL IS MORAL painted directly

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