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

    James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles
    Meyers/Bloom Gallery, Los Angeles
    Private Collection
    Galerie Haas und Fuchs, Berlin
    Acquired from above by the present owner in 2006

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, James Corcoran Gallery, Edward Ruscha: Paintings, Drawings, January 15 – February 16, 1985
    Munich, Westfälischer Kunstverein, 4 x 6: Zeichnungen von Edward Ruscha, June 26 – August 17, 1986, n.p. (illustrated)
    Los Angeles, Ikon Ltd. Contemporary Art, Ed Ruscha, October 22 – December 18, 2004

  • Literature

    Robert C. Morgan, "Pastel, Juice and Gunpowder: The Pico Iconography of Ed Ruscha", no. 30, September-October 1981 in Journal: A Contemporary Art Magazine (Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art), vol. 4, no. 39, Spring 1984, p. 62 (illustrated)
    Ed Ruscha, They Called Her Styrene, London, 2000, n.p. (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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Strong Smell of Fish—Strong Smell of Data Processing Forms

signed with the artist's initials and dated "E.R. '82" lower right
dry pigment on paper
40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm.)
Executed in 1982, 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).

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $168,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018