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Spring Breakers

April 2, 2014

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"Untitled (Are your motives pure?)," 1987 by Raymond Pettibon. Photo by Adam Reich / Courtesy of the artist and Venus Over Manhattan.

"Untitled (Here and there it)," 1995 by Raymond Pettibon. Photo by Adam Reich / Courtesy of the artist and Venus Over Manhattan.

"Untitled (Here and there it)," 1995 by Raymond Pettibon. Photo by Adam Reich / Courtesy of the artist and Venus Over Manhattan.
 

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"Untitled (Surfer)," 2005 by Raymond Pettibon. Photo by Adam Reich / Courtesy of the artist and Venus Over Manhattan.

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"Untitled (When the Surf)," 2008 by Raymond Pettibon. Photo by Adam Reich / Courtesy of the artist and Venus Over Manhattan.

Spring Breakers

By Fan Zhong

Astride giant swells or a still ocean, it’s a welcome break from this eternal winter to visit the shore with two new exhibitions. At Venus Over Manhattan, the SoCal artist Raymond Pettibon’s 40 works devoted to surfing bear the comic-book strokes of his mythopoetic style.

And while Oregon-based Dan Attoe’s depictions of frolickers in the water, on view at Peres Projects in Berlin, aren’t as action-packed, they are no less monumental in tone. “Dan Attoe: Landscapes With Water” is on view through April 19 at Berlin’s Peres Projects, Karl-Marx-Allee 82. “Are Your Motives Pure? Raymond Pettibon Surfers 1987-2012” runs from April 3 to May 17 at New York’s Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Ave.

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