The Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
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Hermosa Beach, CA
UCLA BA, Los Angeles
Pettibon is known for his comic-style drawings that frequently feature ironic or ambiguous captions, as well as anti-authoritarian messages. He almost always works in ink and paper, images are constructed out of many little furious brush strokes or lines, he creates dimension and form by using a cross-hatching. His career started with making illustrations for zines in the punk movement of the west coast in the 80s.
In the 1980s, he was closely linked to pioneering punk band Black Flag and their label SST Records, each founded by his brother, Greg Ginn.
His inclusion in the 1992 exhibition Helter Skelter, which showed at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles three years before his first solo show, aroused attention and controversy. His works are featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art and a larger collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Museums that have featured him in exhibition include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
In 2004, he received the Bucksbaum Award awarded every two years to an artist that is exhibited at the Whitney Biennial.
He has also released numerous books through the SST label.
Pettibon at CFA Berlin, March 15- April 26, 2008 [ArtObserved]