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Ed Ruscha

Ruscha, Edward

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ISBN 10: 0944680003 / ISBN 13: 9780944680001
Published by Robert Miller Gallery, New York, 1987
Condition: vg Hardcover

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1/2000. Square quarto. Unpaginated (44pp). Original black paper-covered boards with red lettering on boards and spine. Published to accompany an exhibition of paintings by Edward Ruscha at the Robert Miller Gallery, New York in November 1987. Illustrated with twenty color and b/w photographic reproductions by the artist of his 'shadow paintings'. Book design by Ed Ruscha and John Cheim. "Two thousand copies of this book have been published.with the cooperation of the Leo Castelli Gallery." Minor scuffing and staining on boards. Tight copy with binding in good+, interior in near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 26062

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Title: Ed Ruscha

Publisher: Robert Miller Gallery, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Edition: Limited edition.

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Book by Edward Ruscha, Robert Miller Gallery


Hollywood, gas stations, and the airbrushed style of commercial graphics figure predominantly in Ed Ruscha's art. One of the first artists to use text and pop imagery in his paintings, he captured the America of Route 66 and the Sunset Strip. Not tied down to painting, he produced books of photographs that catalog life with a dry, deadpan humor, including Thirtyfour Parking Lots, Nine Swimming Pools, and Some Los Angeles Apartments. Ruscha began his artistic endeavors with plans to become a commercial artist. With his 1956 arrival in Los Angeles and its art community, he was fast on his way to becoming a major creative force with a uniquely American perspective.

The publication of Ed Ruscha coincides with the first traveling retrospective of Ruscha's work in nearly 20 years. Launched at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the show covers his illustrious career from the 1960s through the present. If you can't make it to any of the show's other stops--Chicago, Fort Worth, Miami, or Oxford, England--then this book is a must-have. Included are three essays that elaborate on Ruscha's paintings, use of language, and photography in the context of art history by drawing parallels to earlier American painters and the history of documentary photography. Ruscha defies categorization by straddling both pop and conceptual art with his funny, elegant, and thoughtful work. --J.P. Cohen

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