Ed Ruscha - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
    Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    “'Hollywood dreams’ – I mean, think about it. Close your eyes and what does it mean, visually? It means a ray of light, actually, to me, rather than a success story.”
    Ed Ruscha

  • 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 "E. Ruscha 1985" lower right
dry pigment and acrylic on paper
60 x 40 1/4 in. (152.4 x 102.2 cm.)
Executed in 1985, this work will be included in Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper, volume 2: 1977-1997, edited by Lisa Turvey (forthcoming).

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $212,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017