Published on the occasion of his major European traveling retrospective at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg, Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus presents over six hundred works from every part of the artist's career. Arranged thematically in thirty-two chapters, this unique catalogue charts the appearance and development of the themes that have come to define Pettibon's expansive oeuvre. This catalogue is the first to tackle the artist's work as a whole-as a kind of hive mind of American culture whose various branches constantly address and reinterpret one another.
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. Ulrich Loock was born in 1953 in Braunschweig, Germany. He was Director of Kunsthalle Bern from 1985-1997, Director of Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland from 1997-2001, and Deputy Director of Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal from 2003-2010. He currently lives and works in Berlin as an independent curator, art critic, and lecturer. He has curated numerous exhibitions of artists such as Michael Asher, Matthew Barney, Marlene Dumas, Robert Gober, Katharina Grosse, Eberhard Havekost, Maria Lassnig, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Gerhard Richter, Wilhelm Sasnal, Thomas Schutte, Thomas Struth, Luc Tuymans, and Christopher Wool. In 1995, he curated a comprehensive show of Raymond Pettibon's work at Kunsthalle Bern, and included the artist's work in the 2006 show The 80s. A Topology at Museu de Serralves. Lucas Zwirner is Head of Content at David Zwirner. He is known for creating the ekphrasis series, dedicated to publishing short texts on visual culture by artists and writers, rarely available in English. He has also written on numerous contemporary artists and translated books from German and French.
"People who buy Homo Americanus are in for a particularly excellent treat --but the real surprise is that even Pettibon's biggest fans are in for a new education, too. The undeniably coolest and most unique element --the treat --is the inspired inclusion of a pulp-paper facsimile introducing the volume with the entirety of Pettibon's first zine."--Shayna Nys Dambrot "Whitehot Magazine"