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  • Provenance

    Estate of Dr. Donald E. Frein, Harrisonville, Missouri

  • Literature

    Siri Engberg/Walker Art Center 60-65

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Flies; Black Ants; Swarm of Red Ants; Red Ants; Cockroaches and Pearl Dust CombinationThe soil for the cover of the portfolio was gathered from the playground at Hawthorne Elementary School, which Ruscha attended, in Oklahoma City.

  • 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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70

Insects

1972
The complete set of six screenprints, three on paper-backed wood veneer and three on Fabriano Classico glazed-finish watercolor paper, the full sheets, with title page and colophon,
20 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. (52.1 x 69.2 cm)
all signed, dated `1972' and numbered 65/100 in pencil (there were also 15 artist's proofs), published by Multiples, Inc., New York (with their inkstamp on the reverse), all enclosed in the original raw linen-covered portfolio box with plastic cover encapsulating brownish-red soil.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $35,000

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New York Auctions 21 April 2015