Raymond Pettibon, Untitled (I Spent Ayll Morn…), 2017. Seven-color lithograph on 300 gm Somerset Satin White paper, individually hand-cut. 23.5 × 18.5 in (60 × 47 cm) unframed. Edition 15 of 50 with 10 artist proofs. Courtesy the artist
From the beginning of his career, Raymond Pettibon has employed drawing and writing in tandem to connect radically distinctive cultural forms — from movies and literature to comics and TV— and pieces of narratives from throughout history and culture. His visual universe is populated by the ghosts of the last century of American history, including such disparate characters as Charles Manson, Gumby, Superman, Ronald Reagan—and, in this case, President Donald Trump. Pettibon hints at familiar and forgotten narratives in his work, while using an expressive approach to color, line, and gesture in order to provoke complex emotional states. Whether his work is addressing surfing, baseball, war, or family, or channeling the voices of John Ruskin, Henry James, or Allen Ginsberg, it manages to suggest both personal and universal perspectives on our shared cultural experience. This print is based on a drawing that was shown in the critically acclaimed New Museum exhibition Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work (February 8–April 9, 2017).