Raymond Pettibon – Whatever it is…
…you`re looking for you won`t find it here
Raymond Pettibon's black and white drawings with occasional blood-red drip lines unfold an enigmatic comics counterworld which, in its grotesque distortions, exposes hidden truths about the USA without revealing all its mystery.
Pettibon became known for his flyers, concert posters, and record covers for Californian punk bands. Soon he distanced himself from the local hardcore scene and developed his “tragédie humaine“ in books and single sheets whose disturbing combination of image and text critically questions popular myths. His cast includes both superheroes and supervillains (Superman, Jesus, Stalin, Charles Manson, etc.), as well as a number of key motifs (e.g. train, baseball player, penis) which he “remixes“ in infinite variations.
With more than 500 drawings and several video works, this catalogue presents a major Pettibon retrospective that exclusively includes a new 15-meter wall painting.
|Publisher||Verlag für moderne Kunst|
|Illustrations||with 677 mostly col. ills|
|Contributors||E. Dimendberg, G. Matt u.a|
|Type of book||Exhib'publication|
|Museum / Place||Kunsthalle Wien|