Ed Ruscha - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sonny Bjornson, Los Angeles
    William Griffin Gallery, Los Angeles
    Kitty Bowe Hearty, Miami
    Christie's, New York, May 10, 2008, lot 189
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Robert Dean, Edward Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings, Volume Six: 1998-2003, New York, 2013, no. P2001.33, p. 272-273 (illustrated)

  • 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, dedicated and dated "Ed Ruscha 2001 For Sonny" on the reverse
acrylic on raw linen
20 x 17 7/8 in. (50.8 x 45.5 cm.)
Painted in 2001.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $150,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 May 2017