Ed Ruscha - Editions New York Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 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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Just An Average Guy

Etching in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins,
I. 8 7/8 x 35 3/4 in. (22.5 x 90.8 cm);
S. 15 1/4 x 43 3/8 in. (38.7 x 110.2 cm)

signed, titled, dated `79' and annotated `B.A.T.' in pencil (the bon-a-tirer impression, the edition was 45 and 12 artist's proofs in Roman numberals), published by Multiples, Inc., New York, splitting along the platemark, surface soiling in the margins (particularly at right), a stain along the lower right sheet edge, otherwise in very good condition, unframed.

$2,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $3,500


8 June 2010
New York