Raymond Pettibon grew up in Hermosa Beach and graduated with a degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1977. Pettibon's work has been exhibited widely throughout the US and abroad. Prominent venues which have held recent solo exhibitions include the MoCA San Diego, La Jolla, California; and the Whitney Museum, New York (both 2005). In 1998, he had his first American museum presentation, organized by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which traveled to The Drawing Center, New York, and the MOCA, Los Angeles.
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 Schu tte, 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 Editor at David Zwirner Books and has contributed texts to gallery publications, including On Kawara: Date Painting(s) in New York and 136 Other Cities (2012), Raymond Pettibon: To Wit (2013), and Jason Rhoades: PeaRoeFoam (2015).
Every so often, a fresh monograph comes out on a well-known, even rock star-status artist. And that artist's fans and collectors purchase the new book, de rigueur, in much the same way that an avid music fan might purchase a greatest-hits or a remixes album -- out of love and loyalty and connoisseurship and the obsessively acquisitive collector's impulse, but with no real expectation of learning anything new. Well, maybe one or two new or previously unreleased tracks to sweeten the pot. On that score, people who buy Homo Americanus (the new Raymond Pettibon monograph out from David Zwirner Books) 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.--Shana Nys Dambrot "Whitehot Magazine "
There are many books out there collecting Raymond Pettibon's work, so let's cut to the chase: Homo Americanus: Collected Works is the best on the market. It's a Platonic ideal of an art monograph, offering a career-spanning selection of his best drawings, each one beautifully reproduced at a large size, with minimum commentary.--Jeff Jackson "Fanzine "