Ed Ruscha - 20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Santa Fe, James Kelly Contemporary, Ed Ruscha: S Books, O Books, And Other Books, July 12 - September 22, 2001

  • Literature

    Ed Ruscha, S Books by Ed Ruscha, Los Angeles, 2001, n.p. (illustrated)
    Ellen Berkovitch, "Ed Ruscha", Artforum, November 2001, p. 150

  • 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 2001" on the interior front endpaper
bleach on a 1993 cloth-bound book Changing History
8 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 3/4 in. (21.9 x 14.3 x 1.9 cm)
Executed in 2001.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $27,500

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John McCord
Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
New York
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20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020