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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery, Ed Ruscha, November 20, 1998 - January 16, 1999
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha, June 24 - September 26, 2004, then traveled to Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art (October 17, 2004 - January 17, 2005), Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art (February 13 - May 30, 2005)

  • Literature

    Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2005, p. 231, pl. 190 (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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acrylic on paper
14 x 22 in. (35.6 x 55.9 cm)
Signed and dated "Ed Ruscha '98" lower right. This work will be included in a future volume of Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper, edited by Lisa Turvey.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $112,500

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New Now

New York Auction 17 September 2015