Ed Ruscha - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica
    7-Eleven Collection, Dallas
    Sotheby's, New York, May 16, 2001, lot 100
    Private Collection
    Christie's, New York, November 11, 2004, lot 187
    Private Collection (acquired from the above sale)
    Sotheby's, New York, May 16, 2007, lot 348
    Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
    Phillips, London, October 3, 2019, lot 157
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Lisa Turvey, ed., Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper Volume Two: 1977 - 1997, New York, 2018, p. 129 (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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Statistical Significance

signed and dated "Ed Ruscha '81" lower right
pastel with footprints on paper
22 7/8 x 29 in. (58.1 x 73.7 cm)
Executed in 1981.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $189,000

Contact Specialist

Annie Dolan
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
+1 212 940 1288

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 19 May 2022