Ed Ruscha - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London
    Galerie Philippe Rizzo, Paris
    Private Collection, France
    Sprüth Magers Lee, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, Ed Ruscha: New Paintings and a retrospective of works on paper, June 26 – July 30, 1998, p. 44 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Ed Ruscha, They Called Her Styrene, London, 2000 (illustrated on the back cover)
    Lisa Turvey, ed., Edward Ruscha, Catalogue Raisonné of the works on paper, Volume 2: 1977 – 1997, New York, 2018, D1990.31, p. 318 (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

    Ed Ruscha is an Los Angeles-based artist whose art, like California itself, is both geographically rooted and a metaphor for an American state of mind. A deft creator of photography, film, painting, drawing, prints and artist books, Ruscha has executed works for over 60 years that are simultaneously unexpected and familiar, both ironic and sincere.

    His most iconic works are 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 the post-war world.

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signed and dated "Ed Ruscha '90" lower right; further titled, inscribed and dated "'ETC.' 1990 #31" on the reverse
acrylic on museum board
20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 1990.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $387,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 432 and 450 Park Avenue