Ed Ruscha - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Not recorded in Walker Art Center/Siri Engberg.

  • Catalogue Essay

    See Untitled P1986.10 (sold Christie's New York November 2007) and Jumbo P1986.24 (Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York) in the Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings, Volume three by Robert Dean and Erin Wright for related paintings.
    See Untitled [Coyote] (Walker Art Center/Engberg 148) in the Catalogue Raisonne of the Editions for a related experimental print produced in an edition of 2 trial proofs with Jacob Samuel.
    The artist and printer have confirmed the authenticity of this work.
    The artist felt the profile of his Ford car was that of a lumbering elephant.

  • 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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Unique aquatint, on midnight blue Kozo Chine collé to Rives BFK paper, with full margins,
I. 8 x 11 in. (20.3 x 27.9 cm)
S. 17 x 19 in. (43.2 x 48.3 cm)

signed and annotated 'T.P.' in pencil (this is a unique trial proof, the image was never editioned), printed by Jacob Samuel, Santa Monica, in excellent condition, framed.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $12,500

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York