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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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Pews, from News, Mews, Pews, Stews and Dues portfolio

1970
Organic screenprint in colors, on Silverbrook Finish paper, with full margins,
I. 18 x 27 1/8 in. (45.7 x 68.9 cm);
S. 23 1/8 x 32 in. (58.7 x 81.3 cm)

signed, dated `1970' and numbered 41/125 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Editions Alecto, London, the ink mottled and thinned in areas in the lower left corner, a small area of soft rubbing at lower left margin, a crease at upper right margin, hinged to the support at the reverse of the corners (with associated minor staining on the front), otherwise in good condition, unframed.

Estimate
$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $2,500

Modern & Contemporary Editions

21 Nov 2010
New York