Raymond Pettibon – Whatever it is…
228 pages, 22 x 28 cm , 1140 g.
Raymond Pettibon – Whatever it is…
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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.
EditorIlse Lafer
PublisherVerlag für moderne Kunst
Illustrationswith 677 mostly col. ills
ContributorsE. Dimendberg, G. Matt u.a
Type of bookExhib'publication
Museum / PlaceKunsthalle Wien
Article IDart-08203