The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

June 16, 2017

June 16, 1957

Raymond Pettibon, (June 16, 1957) is an artist who first gained renown designing album covers for records. One review of a show featuring his later work says:

If genius means anything anymore—for me it is the union of inexplicably keen insight with an uncanny capacity to say or show what others fail to articulate but everybody knows—then the artist Raymond Pettibon is one, the man of the hour at minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock. Fittingly, two exhibitions this spring show an artist obsessed with the larger, grittier, and often hallucinatory contradictions of “this American life.”

We were drawn to his typical sentiments put in an, I assume, ironic placement, as in this drawing reproduced on Irena Jurek's website. I like subtle better than hallucinatory.

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