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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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Fruit Metrecal Hollywood

Screenprint in colors, on Copperplate Deluxe paper, with full margins,
I. 10 1/4 x 37 3/4 in. (26 x 95.9 cm);
S. 14 3/4 x 42 1/4 in. (37.5 x 107.3 cm)

signed, dated `1971' and numbered 80/85 in pencil (there were also 18 artist's proofs), published by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles (with their blindstamp), the colors attenuated, occasional soft handling creases, very pale mat staining, areas of minor soiling, creasing and a few pale stains in the margins, framed.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $5,625

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York