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    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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Sea of Desire

1983
Etching and aquatint in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 9 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (25.1 x 50.5 cm)
S. 22 3/8 x 30 in. (56.8 x 76.2 cm)

Signed by Ed Ruscha and Jim Ganzer, dated and numbered 26/40 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with the Teaberry Press blindstamp, published by Centrum Press, Port Townsend, Washington (with their blindstamp), framed.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $20,000

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New York Auction 23 April 2019