Here's Your Irony Back - Political Works 1975-2013, 2013


Hardcover book, 212 pages, 122 color illustrations

12.50 x 10.75 in

31.8 x 27.3 cm

PRICE: $60

    About The Work

    Rich in detail, Raymond Pettibon’s 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. Throughout the years, his subjects have included political figures and historical events, with particular intensity since the events of 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 historian Benjamin H.D. Buchloch 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 Grafitti and patriotism, engaging universal issues with a tone that is at turns desperate, hilarious, ironic, brutal, or tragic.

    Courtesy of David Zwirner

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