Author(s): Ralph Rugoff
Perhaps more so than any other artist of his generation, Raymond Pettibon best captured the discontent and counterculture spirit of the late 1970s and early 1980s in America. Immersed in the punk scene in Southern California, Pettibon let loose on the hypocrisies and greed of the capitalist political machine. His work captured the attention of the L.A. art scene and, eventually, the larger art world. This book-produced in close collaboration with the artist-is the most comprehensive volume on Pettibon's work to date. It explores his art over the past thirty years, and charts the evolution of his slyly sophisticated, cartoonish pen-and-ink drawings.
Ralph Rugoff is the director of the Hayward Gallery in London. Robert Storr is the dean of the Yale School of Art. Mike Kelley was an influential American artist. Jonathan Lethem is one of the foremost novelists of today. Kitty Scott is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Byron Coley is a well-regarded music writer.