This book offers 62 writings by authors of all shapes, sizes and religious outlooks. In a sense, this is a Great Books introduction to Pettibon's world, one in which the texts neither illustrate nor explicate Pettibon's sources, but offer instead a revealing look at the narratives and voices that influence his singular tales of loves, lives, and metaphors gone wrong.
Long known as a voracious reader of eclectic and expansive tastes, Pettibon's reading list includes St. Augustine, Beckett, Benjamin, Eisenstein, Flaubert, Pater, Proust, Spillane, Swift and Wittgenstein, to name only a few. Complementing this anthology are five thoughtful essays on Pettibon's own uniquely literary oeuvre.
Essays by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Peter Scheldahl, Ann Temkin, Hamza Walker, and Bernard Welt.
Published in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.