Kumu to exhibit works by iconic punk rock artist Raymond Pettibon

The cover art for Sonic Youth's 1991 album "Goo" by Raymond Pettibon (Official website of Sonic Youth)
5/25/2015 3:45 PM
Category: Culture

Thursday (May 28) will see the opening of the exhibition entitled "Home and Away. Raymond Pettibon: Living the American Dream. Marko Mäetamm: Feel at Home." at the Kumu art museum in Kadriorg, with both Pettibon as well as curator Alistair Hicks slated for an appearance.

The exhibition at Kumu is curated by Alistair Hicks, a renowned specialist of contemporary art in eastern Europe, who, alongside his work as an art critic, curator and author of numerous art books, runs the world's largest corporate art collection, courtesy of Deutsche Bank.

Raymond Pettibon (born Raymond Ginn in 1957, Tucson, Arizona) is an American contemporary artist with Estonian roots, finding himself at the forefront of the international contemporary art arena. Pettibon holds a honorable position on the art market, placing 108th in a ranking of the best-selling living artists in 2013/2014.

Pettibon's mother was an Estonian, who fled to the United States during World War II and had a family there, with two of her offspring rising to prominence in American popular culture.

Pettibon's brother Greg Ginn founded the hardcore punk band Black Flag in 1976, whilst Pettibon himself has worked with and inspired some of punk rock's most famed musicians, including iconic contributions such as the logo design for Black Flag, as well as cover art for Sonic Youth's 1991 release "Goo". Pettibon's work also inspired the 2011 music video for "Monarchy of Roses" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Raymond Pettibon's works have been exhibited worldwide, including shows at some of the most important museums in the United States, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, among others. Pettibon's works can be found in some of the world's most renowned art collections, including those belonging to Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Pettibon's works have previously been exhibited in Estonia at the 15th Tallinn Print Triennial in 2011.

Both Pettibon and Hicks will be travelling to Tallinn for the exhibition opening at Kumu on May 28.

A. Kaer

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