Ed Ruscha - Editions New York Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | Phillips

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    Walker Art Center/Siri Engberg 34-39

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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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The complete set of six organic screenprints in colors, on Silverbrook Snow White Antique Finish paper, with full margins,
all I. 18 x 27 in. (45.7 x 68.6 cm);
all S. 23 x 31 3/4 in. (58.4 x 80.6 cm)

all signed, dated `1970' and numbered 81/125 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), also signed and numbered in pencil on the colophon, published by Editions Alecto, London (with their inkstamps on the reverse), all with occasional soft handling creases, occasional very pale staining in the lower margin, otherwise all in good condition, unframed, contained in original red velvet-covered portolio box (soiling and staining).

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $10,625


8 June 2010
New York