Books

A look inside "Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus" published by David Zwirner

May 18, 2016

The simplicity of the Black Flag logo, one of the most iconic punk rock logos ever constructed from drawing just four bars, was one of Raymond Pettibon’s earliest known images and one that would exemplify the artist’s knack for creating witty, definitive, comic styled imagery for the next 40 years.

“Pettibon has addressed the stereotypes of American mainstream culture and subculture with precise punch lines and variegated visual and linguistic allusions,” reads the forward to Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus published by David Zwirner Books. Compiled of 600 works organized into thirty-two chapters, this massive 692-page monograph acts as a type of bible for the cult of Pettibon. Religion, surfing, trains, drug use, sex, baseball and more are reoccurring motifs that have become associated regularly with the artist’s work created in a variety of forms like flyers, zines, record covers, paintings, drawings, and films. Published to coincide with his retrospective at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Pettibon: Homo Americanus is of the most extensive publications printed to date attempting to catalogue this prolific artists career. Beautifully printed complimenting the content, this book will satisfy all your needs for consumption of Pettibon’s incredible work. You can pick up a copy here.