Ed Ruscha - Editions & Works on Paper New York Friday, July 24, 2020 | 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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Two People Temporarily Separated; and Man Walking Away from it All

Two etchings in colors, on R.K. Burt paper, with full margins.
both I. 10 3/8 x 31 5/8 in. (26.4 x 80.3 cm)
both S. 19 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. (48.9 x 99.7 cm)

Both signed and dated, Two People Temporarily Separated numbered 5/55 in pencil and A Man Walking Away From It All annotated 'AP' in pencil, (one is an artist's proof and there were also 5 artist's proofs for both), published by Bernard Jacobson, Ltd. London, both framed.

$6,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $28,750

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 23 - 24 July 2020