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Pettibon Exhibit Hits Boise State’s Visual Arts Center

Raymond Pettibon has become fairly establishment in recent years; now he’s the sort of artist that gets solo shows at places like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, LA MOCA, and the Whitney, wins awards like the Bucksbaum, and gets published in hundred-dollar hardcover editions by Rizzoli. He’s always been wildly talented, but it would have taken some incredibly strong foresight to have envisioned him becoming this sort of contemporary artistic titan in 1981, when he was too busy trying to avoid prosecution for yet another of his provocatively brilliant fliers for brother Greg Ginn’s band Black Flag. Seriously, those guys had precisely zero fear of anyone, which was probably how you had to play it in the L.A. punk scene of the early 80s, which was renowned for its viciousness. The Boise State Visual Art Center’s casting the spotlight on those days again with their new Pettibon exhibit, The Punk Years: 1978-86. It’s only up for a few weeks. It’s worth the effort to see. (Christopher Schnoor, Boise Weekly)