Ed Ruscha - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, November 13, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe; Gagosian Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    E. Berkovitch, "Ed Ruscha: James Kelly Contemporary", ArtForum, November 2001; E. Ruscha, S Books, Los Angeles, 2001

  • 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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Acrylic on cloth-bound book: The Yale Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor.
7 x 4 1/2 in. (17.8 x 11.4 cm).

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $11,250

Contemporary Art Part II

14 Nov 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York