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

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    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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Organic screenprint (black currant-pie filling, cherry-pie filling and unmixed raw egg) in colors, on Silverbrook Snow White Antique Finish paper, with full margins,
I. 17 7/8 x 27 in. (45.4 x 68.6 cm);
S. 23 x 31 5/8 in. (58.4 x 80.3 cm)

signed, dated '1970' and numbered 56/125 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Editions Alecto, London, occasional soiling and creasing in the margins (particularly the corners), the palest time staining, hinge remains on the reverse of the corners (slightly showing through), otherwise in very good condition, unframed.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $2,500

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York