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

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  • Literature

    Walker Art Center/Siri Engberg 53

  • Catalogue Essay

    In addition to a variety of jams (grape, apricot, strawberry and boysenberry) and Metrecal (a diet drink), Ruscha experimented in these prints with Sego chocolate, Bosco (a chocolate syrup), and salmon before arriving at the desired combination of ingredients.

  • 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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Fruit-Metrecal Hollywood

Screenprint in colors, on Copperplate Deluxe paper, with full margins,
I. 10 x 37 5/8 in. (25.4 x 95.6 cm)
S. 14 3/4 x 42 1/2 in. (37.5 x 108 cm)

signed, dated and numbered 16/85 in pencil (there were also 18 artist's proofs), published by the artist and Bernard Jacobson, Ltd., London, a few minute foxmarks and minor soiling in the margins, a small stain in the right margin, pale time staining, otherwise in good condition, framed.

$8,000 - 10,000 

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York