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

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, United States
    Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, Ed Ruscha: Selected Works, May 5 - June 20, 2005, p. 45

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I’m showing big paintings of intersections and streets of Los Angeles with black speckled backgrounds that look like the inside of your oven. I guess I’ve always been intrigued by oblique perspectives, like aerial views… taking the viewer up in the air, so you can look down from an angle."
    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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Pico, Hoover, Alvarado

signed and dated "Ed Ruscha 1999" lower right
acrylic on paper
40 1/8 x 60 1/8 in. (101.9 x 152.7 cm.)
Executed in 1999, this will be included in a future volume of Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper, edited by Lisa Turvey.

$300,000 - 400,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017