Raymond Pettibon: Here's Your Irony Back
Political Works 1975-2013
Text by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
Raymond Pettibon’s work embraces a wide spectrum of American “high” and “low” culture, from the deviations of marginal youth to art history, literature, sports, religion, politics, and sexuality. Rich in detail, his obsessively worked drawings take, as their point of departure, the Southern California punk-rock culture of the late 1970s and 1980s and the do-it-yourself aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines that characterized the movement—but they have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary. His subjects have included political figures and historical events throughout the years and with mounting intensity since September 11, 2001.
Raymond Pettibon: Here’s Your Irony Back includes full-color, striking images of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, J. Edgar Hoover, both Bush presidents, the Kennedys, Hitler, scenes from the Vietnam War and protest movements, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prisoner abuse of Abu Ghraib, President Obama, and Osama bin Laden. As artfully described by art historian Benjamin H.D. Buchloh in his essay for the book, Pettibon’s works from this period engage the recurring tropes of the day, from caricature, sleaze, and pop, to graffiti and patriotism, engaging universal issues with a tone that is at turns desperate, hilarious, ironic, brutal, or tragic. Brought together here, the images in this book serve to capture the power and urgency of Pettibon’s original graphic endeavor.
Publisher: David Zwirner / Hatje Cantz / Regen Projects
Artists: Raymond Pettibon
Contributors: Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
Designer: David Chickey, Skolkin/Chickey
Printer: Offsetdruckerei Karl Grammlich Gmbh, Pliezhausen, Germany
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 in (26.7 x 31.8 cm)
Reproductions: 122 color
Retail: $60 US & Canada | £40 | €54
Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957, Tucson) is known for his work that embraces a wide spectrum of American high and low culture, from the deviations of marginal youth to art history, literature, sports, religion, politics, and sexuality. Taking their points of departure in the Southern California punk-rock culture of the late 1970s and 1980s and the do-it-yourself aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines that characterized the movement, his drawings have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary, ranging from punchy and political to high literary and extremely poetic.
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Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
Benjamin H.D. Buchloh has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University since 2006. He is internationally recognized as one of the most important scholars of twentieth century art. Buchloh received his PhD from the City University of New York in 1994, and has since published widely on European and American artists including Gerhard Richter, Hans Haacke, and Andy Warhol. He is the co-editor of the art journal October, and he was awarded the Golden Lion Award for Contemporary Art History and Criticism at the Venice Biennale in 2007. He is also the recipient of numerous other grants, including Getty, CASVA, and Lehman Foundation fellowships, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.