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  • 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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News, Pews, Brews, Stews and Dues Portfolio: Brews

1970
Organic screenprint in colors, on Silverbook Snow White Antique Finish paper, with full margins,
I. 8 1/2 x 22 3/8 in. (21.6 x 56.8 cm)
S. 23 x 31 3/4 in. (58.4 x 80.6 cm)

signed, dated and numbered 56/125 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Editions Alecto, London, several spots of stray printing ink at the upper right margin, pale mat staining, a crease at the upper right sheet corner, minor creasing along the sheet edges, otherwise in good condition, framed.

Estimate
$1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for $1,875

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York