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  • Description

    Playtime: A Vision of Innocence and Eroticism
    Connecting the dots between art and sex, love and eroticism, 'Playtime' spans our Evening (Lot 18) and Day Sales (Lots 180-195), encompassing mediums from painting and sculpture, to prints and photography.


  • Provenance

    Private Collection, USA
    Heritage Auctions, Texas, 24 May 2016, Lot 69215
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, Paris, 16 December 2019, Lot 519
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Siri Engberg and Clive Phillpot, Edward Ruscha Editions 1959-1999 Catalogue Raisonné Volume 1, Minneapolis, 1999, no. 70, (another example illustrated, p. 19)
    Siri Engberg and Clive Phillpot, Edward Ruscha Editions 1959-1999 Catalogue Raisonné Volume 2, Minneapolis, 1999, fig. 27, pp. 29, 93 (another example illustrated, pp. 30-31)

  • 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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signed, dated and numbered '20/30' on the reverse
screenprint in colours on wood-grain veneer paper
50.2 x 75 cm. (19 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1973, this work is number 20 from an edition of 30 plus 4 artist's proofs.

HK$150,000 - 250,000 

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020