Ed Ruscha - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
    Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Castelli Graphics, New Drawings by Castelli Artists, October 13 – November 3, 1984
    New York, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, Drawings, December 6 – 22, 1984

  • Literature

    Thomas Beller, "Ed Ruscha", Splash, New York, February 1989, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Sometimes found words are the most pure because they have nothing to do with you…I take things as I find them. A lot of these things come from the noise of everyday life.”
    Ed Ruscha

  • 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 and dated "Ed Ruscha '84" lower right
dry pigment on paper
22 3/8 x 30 in. (56.8 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 1984, 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).

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $325,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018