Ed Ruscha - Modern & Contemporary Editions New York Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | Phillips

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  • 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, Flower, Figueroa, from the MoCA portfolio

Aquatint and etching in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, 
I. 15 1/2 x 22 5/8 in. (39.4 x 57.5 cm);
S. 22 1/4 x 30 in. (56.5 x 76.2 cm)

signed, dated ‘1999’ and annotated `P.P. 1' in pencil (a printer's proof, the edition was 80 and 12 artist's proofs), published by Lapis Press, Los Angeles (with their blindstamp), to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in excellent condition, unframed.

$1,500 - 2,000 

Sold for $2,250

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York