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    Walker Art Center/Siri Engberg 207-10

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    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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Etc.; If; South; and Question & Answer

The complete set of four lithographs in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins,
all I. 9 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (23.5 x 31.8 cm);
all S. 15 x 18 in. (38.1 x 45.7 cm)

all signed, dated '91' and numbered 41/50 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by Creative Works Editions, Osaka, Japan, all in excellent condition, all framed.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $9,375

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York