Benjamin D Buchloh, Massimiliano Gioni, Sarah-Leher-Graiwer, Frances Stark, Lynne Tillman, New York, 2017.
Hardcover, 407 pages, over 700 images, color, and bw plates. 12 1/2 inches x 10 inches x 1.5 inches.
For over thirty years, Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957, Tucson, AZ) has been chronicling the history, mythology, and culture of America with a prodigious and distinctive voice. Through his drawings’ signature interplay between image and text, he moves between historical reflection, emotional longing, poetic wit, and strident critique. Since the late 1960s, he has produced thousands of drawings and energetic installations that have been executed in museums and galleries around the world. These works poignantly evoke the country’s shifting values across time, from the idealistic postwar period in which he was born to the collapse of the American counterculture in the ’70s and ’80s to the painful military and social conflicts of the present.