This slipcased monograph is split into two 350-page volumes. The first volume includes over 700 images of paintings, drawings, sculptures, posters and comics, alongside essays by Robert Storr, Mike Kelley, Richard Klein, Richard Gehr, Karrie Jacobs and Byron Coley, as well as substantial commentary by the artist himself. The second volume is a selection from Panter’s sketchbooks—the site of some of his most best work.
An intimate look at the work and life of a legendary artist. Gary Panter has been one of the most influential figures in visual culture since the mid-1970s. From his era-defining punk graphics to his cartoon icon Jimbo to his visionary design for Pee-wee’s Playhouse, he has left his mark on every medium he’s touched. Working in close collaboration with the artist, PictureBox has assembled the definitive volume on Panter’s work from the early 1970s to the present. This monumental, slipcased set is split into two 350-page volumes. The first is a comprehensive monograph featuring over 700 images of paintings, drawings, sculptures, posters and comics, alongside essays by Robert Storr, Mike Kelley, Richard Klein, Richard Gehr, Karrie Jacobs and Byron Coley, as well a substantial commentary by the artist himself. The second volume features a selection from Panter’s sketchbooks–the site of some of his most audacious work–most of which has never been published in any form.
A three-time Emmy Award-winner for his production design on Pee-wee’s Playhouse and the recipient of the 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence, graphic artist Gary Panter has drawn inspiration from diverse vernacular and traditional art arenas over the course of the past four decades. Closely associated with the underground comics and music scenes on both coasts, he is responsible for designing the Screamers iconic 1970s poster, many record covers for Frank Zappa, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Residents and the ongoing comic character Jimbo. Most recently Panter has performed psychedelic light shows at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and at New York’s Anthology Film Archives. He was a featured artist in the major 2006-2007 touring exhibition, Masters of American Comics.
“…Panter – an artist, illustrator, set designer (“Pee-wee’s Playhouse”), comic-book author and toymaker – deserves his new two-volume, boxed-set monograph. GARY PANTER (PictureBox/D.A.P., $95), edited by Dan Nadel and designed by Helene Silverman, is so rich in perversely witty imagery and raw lunatic expression that to savor it all requires spending considerable time thumbing through, then going back to focus on the details.” —Steven Heller The New York Times Book Review
“Best First “Big Show”: Panter isn’t just a legendary underground comic-book artist and the guy who created the sets for Pee-wee’s Playhouse; he’s also a painter. For his Clementine Gallery retrospective, “Pictures From the Psychedelic Swamp, 1972-2001,” Panter covered the walls with recurring characters (like his “post-nuclear punk-rock” dude named Jimbo) and curated a room with the quirky ephemera that’s inspired his work (soap wrappers, Japanese candy, wet paint signs). “Show” is probably the wrong word for what was on view here: It was more like walking into Panter’s messy, expressionistic, and entirely original brain.” –New York Magazine, December 12, 2008
688 page, two volume full color hardcover in slipcase
Picture Box, 2008