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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1999

  • Literature

    Richard D. Marshall, Ed Ruscha, London, 2003, p. 217 (illustrated, p. 216)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “'Hollywood dreams’ – I mean, think about it. Close your eyes and what does it mean, visually? It means a ray of light, actually, to me, rather than a success story.”
    Ed Ruscha

  • Artist Bio

    Ed Ruscha

    American • 1937

    Quintessentially American, Ed Ruscha is an L.A.-based artist whose art, like California itself, is both geographically rooted and a metaphor for an American state of mind. Ruscha is a deft creator of photography, film, painting, drawing, prints and artist books, whose works are simultaneously unexpected and familiar, both ironic and sincere.



    His most iconic works are at turns poetic and deadpan, epigrammatic text with nods to advertising copy, juxtaposed with imagery that is either cinematic and sublime or seemingly wry documentary. Whether the subject is his iconic Standard Gas Station or the Hollywood Sign, a parking lot or highway, his works are a distillation of American idealism, echoing the expansive Western landscape and optimism unique to postwar America.

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Ed Ruscha

Divers

signed and dated "Ed Ruscha 1985" lower right
dry pigment and acrylic on paper
60 x 40 1/4 in. (152.4 x 102.2 cm.)
Executed in 1985, this work will be included in Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper, Volume 2: 1977-1997, edited by Lisa Turvey (forthcoming in fall 2018 from Gagosian Gallery/Yale University Press).

Estimate
$150,000 - 200,000 

sold for $275,000

Contact Specialist
John McCord
Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
New York
+1 212 940 1261
jmccord@phillips.com

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018