David Platzker

David Platzker is the Director of Specific Object, an innovative gallery, bookshop, and storehouse for a range of items from artists’ publications, multiples and unique works of art, as well as literature, music, and counterculture. He was previously the Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York from 2013-2018. Before founding Specific Object, Platzker was the executive director of Printed Matter from 1998 to 2004, the non-profit institution dedicated to the promotion of artists’ books and publications. His curatorial projects at Specific Object and Printed Matter included shows of John Baldessari, Hanne Darboven, Marcel Duchamp, Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, and Claes Oldenburg. At The Museum of Modern Art he co-curated There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33” in collaboration with Jon Hendricks; Sites of Reason (2014) with Erica Papernik; and in 2015 the exhibition Gilbert & George: The Early Years.

involved in:

Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5

Over 40 years later, Documenta 5, the exhibition that was criticized in 1972 as being “bizarre…vulgar…sadistic” by art critic and essayist Hilton Kramer and “monstrous… overtly deranged” by art historian and art critic Barbara Rose, resonates today as one of the most important exhibitions in history.

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Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978–86

Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978–86 taps into the steady stream of this California artist’s early graphic arts production, before he appeared on the contemporary art stage. This exhibition includes over 200 examples of Pettibon’s powerful designs made between 1978 and 1986, when he was immersed in the Los Angeles punk rock scene, doing the graphic design for Black Flag and other punk bands.

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