Ed Ruscha - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 17, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
    Jared Sable Gallery, Toronto
    Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art, Part II, November 10, 1989, lot 412
    Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by present owner, in 2006

  • Literature

    E. Ruscha, They Called Her Styrene, London, 2000, n.p. (illustrated)

    This work will be included in a forthcoming volume of Edward Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper

  • 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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pastel on paper
11 1/8 x 28 5/8 in. (28.3 x 72.7 cm.)
Signed and dated "Edward Ruscha 1974" on the reverse.

$180,000 - 250,000 

Sold for $185,000

Contact Specialist
Amanda Stoffel
Head of Sale
+1 212 940 1261

Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 17 May 2013 10am