ARTBOOK LOGO

ARTBOOK BLOG

RECENT POSTS

DATE 3/30/2020

In timely 'Lines,' Shantell Martin seeks to understand "who we are at the core, as people"

DATE 3/29/2020

Natasha Gilmore's Staff Pick Reading List for Sheltering-in-Place

DATE 3/27/2020

Cooking much? 'Dimes Times' offers clean, optimistic recipes for emotional eating

DATE 3/24/2020

The Experience and sensation of isolation in 'Edward Hopper: A New Perspective on Landscape'

DATE 3/24/2020

Social distancing in the landscapes of Edward Hopper

DATE 3/21/2020

The next best thing to seeing 'Judd' at MoMA is reading 'Judd' from MoMA

DATE 3/20/2020

A new facsimile edition of 'Yvonne Rainer: Work 1961–73'

DATE 3/19/2020

Ruth Adler Schnee's exuberant textiles and interiors shine in 'Modern Designs for Living'

DATE 3/18/2020

'Jeff Divine: 70s Surf Photographs'

DATE 3/16/2020

In 'Jordan Casteel: Within Reach,' fundamental and expansive humanity

DATE 3/14/2020

"Less pretty, more beautiful." Nicholas Cullinan on 'Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels'

DATE 3/14/2020

POSTPONED: Jeff Divine '70s Surf Photographs' launch at Arcana

DATE 3/13/2020

New remastered facsimile edition of Weegee's classic 'Naked City'

DATE 3/13/2020

Science and spirit, mind and matter in 'Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future'

DATE 3/12/2020

Trust and revolution in Martine Fougeron's 'Nicolas & Adrien. A World with Two Sons'

DATE 3/12/2020

POSTPONED: ICP presents Martine Fougeron and Sasha Bush in conversation, followed by a signing of 'Nicolas & Adrien'

DATE 3/10/2020

In 'Genealogies of Art,' the history of visual art in flowcharts, family trees, diagrams and info graphics

DATE 3/9/2020

Dorothy Iannone's 'Story of Bern' facsimile edition is a staff pick for Women's History Month

DATE 3/8/2020

Celebrate Women's History Month with 'Mickalene Thomas: I Can't See You Without Me,' back in stock from the Wexner

DATE 3/7/2020

Nan Goldin's 'The Other Side' is a Staff Pick for Women's History Month

DATE 3/6/2020

In 'The Way West,' the primal power of youth in a western landscape

DATE 3/6/2020

NYC launch event for 'Peter Kayafas: The Way West' at Gitterman Gallery

DATE 3/5/2020

Back in Stock! 'Louise Bourgeois: The Spider and the Tapestries' is a staff pick for Women's History Month

DATE 3/4/2020

BACK IN STOCK! Georgia O'Keeffe: Watercolors

DATE 3/3/2020

Celebrate Women's History Month with Sister Corita Kent, whose International Signal Code Alphabet screams to the heavens that freedom is vital

DATE 3/2/2020

In 'Last West,' poet Tess Taylor responds to Dorothea Lange

DATE 3/1/2020

Monica Ahanonu to sign 'Icons: 50 Heroines Who Shaped Contemporary Culture' at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore

DATE 3/1/2020

Staff Picks for Women's History Month

DATE 3/1/2020

Celebrate Women's History Month with this new monograph on Kiki Smith

DATE 2/29/2020

In 'O, Write My Name,' Black History via Harlem Heroes

DATE 2/27/2020

Tony Conrad's Writings: Constance DeJong and Andrew Lampert at McNally Jackson

DATE 2/27/2020

Jordan Peele's notes bring insight to 'Get Out: The Complete Annotated Screenplay'

DATE 2/26/2020

'Genealogies of Art, or the History of Art as Visual Art' is an intellectual delight

DATE 2/25/2020

Cover-to-cover provocation in 'member: Pope.L, 1978–2001'

DATE 2/24/2020

Surprising, previously unseen works on paper by Barkley L. Hendricks

DATE 2/23/2020

Betye Saar featured today on CBS Sunday Morning

DATE 2/22/2020

Fabulously idiosyncratic and humorous, 'Who Is Michael Jang?' reviewed in the 'Washington Post'

DATE 2/21/2020

In 'Nicolas & Adrien,' memory transcended and a mother's gift of love

DATE 2/20/2020

Behold Ellsworth Kelly's final masterpiece, 'Austin'

DATE 2/20/2020

Save 75–85% at our 2020 LA Showroom Sample Sale!

DATE 2/19/2020

Gorgeous, substantial, slipcased 384-page 'Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates' is NEW from The Shed

DATE 2/18/2020

Inequities and shared humanity in the prints of Alison Saar

DATE 2/17/2020

For Washington's Birthday, the textiles of American Modernist Marguerita Mergentime

DATE 2/17/2020

'Joyful Designs: Rediscovering the Textiles of Marguerita Mergentime' at Palm Springs Modernism

DATE 2/16/2020

Celebrate Black History with 'Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali'

DATE 2/15/2020

'New York: Club Kids' Los Angeles Launch & Signing at The Standard

DATE 2/15/2020

Peter Berlin cocktails and signing at Tom of Finland, Los Angeles

DATE 2/15/2020

Prescient, playful hardcore self-portraiture in 'Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual'

DATE 2/14/2020

In Todd Gray's work, beauty as weapon and comment on colonialism

DATE 2/13/2020

Get 'A *New* Program for Graphic Design' by David Reinfurt at the CAA Conference in Chicago

DATE 2/12/2020

See Peter Saul at the New Museum, read 'Pop, Funk, Bad Painting and More'


BOOKS IN THE MEDIA

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/8/2016

Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS

This week, PBS Newshour published a long, insightful and generously illustrated feature on the work of Raymond Pettibon, whose drawings have been collected in a massive new 688-page volume, published by David Zwirner Books and the two European museums which are exhibiting the work through 2017. Lucas Zwirner, the book's editor adds insight. An excerpt is below.

Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS
Left: Page 5 from “The Skull Globe,” 1985. Right: “No Title (The Invisible Man’s …),” 2010.

THE ARTIST WHO EVISCERATES BOTH REAGAN AND OBAMA
By Joshua Barajas


In 1998, the Art Institute of Chicago received a rare angry letter. The patron claimed the museum has been “conned” into paying for 21 drawings by American artist Raymond Pettibon.

The offending artwork was barely bigger than a sheet of office paper. Two columns of handwritten text wrap around a black-and-white ink drawing of a surgeon, arms outstretched, prepped for procedure. The text started with, “When Reagan’s dead I hope to do the autopsy. What’s rest of him.” The text reads as a screed against the former president. The word “a**hole” appears four times.

Prints and drawings curator Mark Pascale said the patron, who identified as a Reagan admirer, focused on “one tiny aspect” of Pettibon’s work. After all, much more imposing images of Gumby, a baseball player and even the head of Charles Manson were also displayed next to the surgeon.

Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS
“Black Flag at the Ukranian Hall,” 1982.

Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus, a new art book out in April, attempts to provide an overview of the artist’s four-decade career with selections from his Black Flag flyers, Xeroxed zines, high-contrast drawings and other paper-based works. A solo exhibition of Pettibon’s work is also currently on display at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg in Germany.

One estimate in the book said the 58-year-old artist has dreamt up more than 20,000 drawings, many of them using puerile imagery — pulpy violence, swastikas, and, well, erections. But to harp on these is to ignore his awe of the formidable waves that threaten to engulf his surfers. His love of baseball. His messy, inaccurate hearts.

Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS
“No Title (When the going …),” 2007.

“Very little differentiates the thought process behind this effort from a nut with a spray can defacing art,” the letter said.

Pascale sent the letter to Pettibon through his dealer in California. He later learned that it brought a smile to the artist’s face.

“You’re always aware of [Pettibon’s] point of view,” Pascale told me. “You can disagree with it — and many people do — but there’s something really impactful about what he makes. He’s right in your face.”

Most of Pettibon’s work is a marriage of rough visuals and text as seen on the many Black Flag gig posters with the iconic four-bar logo and the Tumblr-approved album cover of Sonic Youth’s “Goo."

Sometimes, the words compete in the same space as his ink drawings, gradually shrinking in size as he runs out of space. Other times, his figures talk in speech bubbles, the go-to comic book rendering of dialogue or thought. Or a single sentence narrates the scene.

And, often, his text is more provocative than his imagery. To wit: The angry letter complained about what Pettibon wrote. Reagan doesn’t appear with the surgeon.

Americanus is punctuated with political statements from Pettibon, including blunt criticisms of President George W. Bush, the Iraq War and the Abu Ghraib revelations. Other times, his artwork acts as missives against America’s occupation in the Middle East. And while the Art Institute of Chicago didn’t display any, Pettibon has drawn not-at-all flattering depictions of Reagan (and Nancy too).

But, as Pettibon described it, he was compelled to address these moments in American politics.

“I resent having to be put in the place that I even have to engage in making political works,” he told Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon in a 2013 interview for “Interview” magazine. “But the thing is, no one the f*** else is, right now, in the art world. And, for god’s sake, no one in journalism is. So it’s like I’m reporting in the drawings.”

> > continue to PBS Newshour Online
Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS
Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS
Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS
Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS
Raymond Pettibon's Massive New Drawing Survey Featured on PBS


ARTBOOK LOGO
 
 

the art world's source for books on art & culture

  

CUSTOMER SERVICE
orders@artbook.com
212 627 1999
M-F 9-5 EST

TRADE ACCOUNTS

800 338 2665

CONTACT

JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

NEW YORK
Showroom by Appointment Only
75 Broad Street, Suite 630
New York NY 10004
Tel   212 627 1999

LOS ANGELES
Showroom by Appointment Only
818 S. Broadway, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel. 323 969 8985

ARTBOOK LLC
D.A.P. | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.


All site content Copyright C 2000-2017 by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. and the respective publishers, authors, artists. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.

ARTBOOK AMPERSAT

The D.A.P. Catalog
www.artbook.com