Ed Ruscha - Evening & Day Editions New York Thursday, November 1, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Walker Art Center/Siri Engberg B14

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of only approximately 200 copies which survived when 'most of the edition was accidentally discarded from the warehouse where it had been stored'¹. 'The unique place of Dutch Details among Ruscha's books and its emphatic horizontality reflect Ruscha's response to the Dutch landscape around Groningen, where he was invited to work'² .¹Andrew Roth, The Open Book, pp 198-99; ²Siri Engberg, Ed Ruscha Editions, B14

  • 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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Dutch Details

Artist book comprised of offset printing in oblong format, on heavyweight paper, with softcover,
4 1/2 x 15 in (11.4 x 38.1 cm)
from the first edition of 3000 (of which only approximately 200 exist), published by Octopus Foundation, Deventer, The Netherlands, pale time staining, wear to the edges, binding separated in places, an area of skinning on the reverse on the first page, otherwise in very good condition.

$6,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $12,500

Evening & Day Editions

31 October & 1 November 2012
New York