Ed Ruscha - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Twentysix Gasoline Stations (third edition) (E. B1), 1963, edition of 3,000 in 1969; Various Small Fires (second edition) (E. B2), 1964, edition of 3,000 in 1970; Some Los Angeles Apartments (second edition) (E. B3), 1965, edition of 3,000 in 1970; The Sunset Strip (first edition) (E. B4), 1966, edition of 1,000; Thirtyfour Parking Lots (first edition) (E. B5), 1967, edition of 2,413; Royal Road Test (third edition) (E. B6), 1967, edition of 2,000 in 1971; Crackers (first edition) (E. B10), 1969, edition of 5,000; Real Estate Opportunities (first edition) (E. 12), 1970, edition of 4,000; A Few Palm Trees (first edition) (E. B13), 1971, edition of 3,900, and Records (first edition) (E. B15), 1971, edition of 3,000.

  • Artist Biography

    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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A group of ten artist's books

Ten artist's books,
various sizes
A Few Palm Trees signed and inscribed `Hi Hans' in blue ball-point pen, also inscribed (by another), from various editions and edition sizes, most published by the artist, most with wear along the sheet edges of the cover, one with time staining, one with soiling, a short tear at the upper sheet of the printed paper cover wrapper, otherwise all in good condition.

$12,000 - 16,000 

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York