Ed Ruscha - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
    Private Collection
    Max Lang, New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)
    Sotheby’s, New York, May 13, 2009, lot 191
    L & M Arts, New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)

  • Exhibited

    Santa Monica, IKON, Ltd., Spring 2006 Exhibition, April 8, 2006 - May 27, 2006
    New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, The Other Side, May 5 - July 20, 2006

  • Literature

    Ed Ruscha / Raymond Pettibon: The Holy Bible and The End, exh. cat., Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, 2006, p. 13 (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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The End #45

signed and dated "Ed Ruscha 2004" lower right; titled ""THE END #45"" on the reverse
acrylic and ink on museum board
23 7/8 x 30 in. (60.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 2004.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $212,500

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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019