Ed Ruscha - Unbound: Online Auction New York Monday, October 21, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Richard Green Gallery, Santa Monica
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Siri Engberg, ed., Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999: Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, Minneapolis, 1999, no. 185 (another example illustrated, p. 53)
    Siri Engberg, ed., Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999: Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 2, Minneapolis, 1999, no. 185, p. 108 (another example mentioned)

  • Artist Biography

    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, numbered and dated "4/35 Ed Ruscha 89" lower edge
lithograph on gray Rives BFK paper
36 1/4 x 27 in. (92.1 x 68.6 cm.)
Executed in 1989, this work is number 4 from an edition of 35 plus 9 artist's proofs, published by the artist, Venice, California.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $15,000

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Unbound: Online Auction

Online 21 - 30 October 2019 | Bidding closes October 30th, 2pm EDT