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  • Literature

    Siri Engberg/Walker Art Center 79-83
    Graphic Works by Edward Ruscha, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, August to October 1978, no. 43. (Air, Water, Fire used as the cover illustration)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Open; Air, Water, Fire; Closed; Music; and Sweets, Meats, Sheets

    ...Ruscha emerged too early in the ninteen-sixties to pass as a second generation Pop Artist. In face, it is difficult to pigeonhole his style at all. Conceptual, Pop, Surrealist, Dada, Neo-Dada, Earth Art, all these are, arguably, elements of his style. Ruscha can be pinned down partially by any of these labels, and yet he escapes all of them. Henry Geldzahler, Graphic Works by Edward Ruscha, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, 1978, preface.

  • Artist Biography

    Ed Ruscha

    American • 1937

    Ed Ruscha is an Los Angeles-based artist whose art, like California itself, is both geographically rooted and a metaphor for an American state of mind. A deft creator of photography, film, painting, drawing, prints and artist books, Ruscha has executed works for over 60 years that are simultaneously unexpected and familiar, both ironic and sincere.

    His most iconic works are 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 the post-war world.

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Tropical Fish Series

The complete set of five screenprints in colors with lacquer overprint, on Arches 88 paper, the full sheets,
all S. 25 3/4 x 32 3/4 in (65.4 x 83.2 cm) (one vertical)
all signed and numbered 50/56, 55/57, 39/53, 51/58, and 6/55 respectively in pencil on the reverse (there were either 10 or 11 artist’s proofs for each), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles (with their inkstamp on the reverse), all in very good condition, all framed.

$10,000 - 15,000 

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Modern Editions
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Contemporary Editions
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Evening & Day Editions

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