Ed Ruscha - Evening Editions New York Thursday, April 21, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, benefit auction for the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, 1997

  • 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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Vowel #18 (A)

Unique hand painted acrylic in colors, on cover of Thrift Store Paintings book by Jim Shaw,
11 1/2 x 9 x 1/2 in. (29.2 x 22.9 x 1.3 cm)
signed, dated `July 4, 1996' and numbered #18 in black, blue and orange ink respectively, from the series of 25, in excellent condition, framed.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $10,000

Evening Editions

21 April 2011
New York