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Description - Raymond Pettibon by Robert Storr

In the early 1980s California-based artist Raymond Pettibon first began making his signature inkwash drawings - combinations of cartoon-like images with short, enigmatic texts - to adorn the record covers of underground music groups like Black Flag and Sonic Youth. After turning a generation of punk fans into unwitting art collectors, Pettibon was gradually picked up by the established art world as an artist producing some of the most unusual new representational artwork being made. Although he also produced paintings, collages, artist's book, videos and fanzines, Pettibon is known for his prolific production of drawings. These drawings have a great cumulative effect; they become increasingly intriguing the more one sees of them. Much has been made of Pettibon's literary background and reclusive personality as the biographical sources for these humorous yet dark, complex pictures. Yet the artist claims that his work has nothing to do with his own experience but is culled from the printed pages of American popular underground culture: Gumby, Ronald Reagan, surfers, Joan Crawford. At times his drawings seem almost dashed off from a comic strip; other are more painstakingly drawn. Most are in a simple graphic style combined with bits of text - sometimes weiredly connected to the imagery, but often providing baffling non-sequiturs. His unusual draftsmanship and mysterious personality have made him one of the most sought-after artists currently working in America. After appearing in numerous Whitney Biennials, in recent years Pettibon had his first museum-organized retrospective (at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Drawing Centre) with more than 500 drawings covering some 20 years' work, establishing definitively his reputation in the uppermost ranks of contemporary American art.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714839196
ISBN-10: 0714839191
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 18mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 21-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Storr

Robert Storr (Survey) is Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His writings have appeared in Artforum, Village Voice and Parkett, among other publications. Storr is the author of numerous monographs, including Philip Guston and Louise Bourgeois. Author's Residence: New York, U.S. Dennis Cooper (Interview) is a novelist and critic, contributing editor of Spin magazine, and a frequent contributor to Artforum. He has published a number of novels, among them Frisk (1991), as well as a collection of poems, The Dream Police: Selected Poems 1969-93. Author's Residence: Los Angeles, USA Ulrich Loock (Focus), is Director of the Kunstmuseum Luzern. Previously he was Director of the Kunsthalle, Bern, where in 1995 he organized a major exhibition of Raymond Pettibon. He has written extensively on Conceptual art and contemporary art in general, including the Survey text for Luc Tuymans (Phaidon, 1996). Author's Residence: Luzern, CH For his Artist's Choice Pettibon his provided his own marked copy of James Joyce's masterpiece Finnegan's Wake (1939), with the artists own notes in the margins during his reading of this influential text. The artist has also chosen an excerpt from Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy (1769), which parallels Pettibon's own strangely obsessive themes. Raymond Pettibon has written numerous screenplays, some excerpted here, all published for the first time on this ocasion. Other never-before-published Artist's Writings include song lyrics, extracts from his handwritten notebooks, and an original artist's books. Artist's Residence: Los Angeles, California

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