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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
    Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles
    Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired from the above in 1999)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

  • Exhibited

    Beverly Hills, Gagosian Gallery, Ed Ruscha: Vowels, September 11–28, 1996
    San Francisco, Catharine Clark Gallery, 20th Century Masterworks, April 2–May 2, 1998
    Los Angeles, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, It's Not The Size That Counts: Small Treasures III, July 11–September 12, 1998

  • 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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VOWELS #95 (A)

signed, partially titled and dated "#95 Sept. 2, 1996 Ed Ruscha 1996" on the inside flap
acrylic on Various Small Fires book cover
7 x 5 1/4 in. (17.8 x 13.3 cm)
Executed on September 2, 1996.

This work will be featured in the forthcoming book Ed Ruscha: An Archive of Projects by Robert Dean.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,900

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New Now

New York Auction 28 September 2021