Ed Ruscha - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Siri Engberg 149-156; M59

  • Catalogue Essay

    This B.A.T set is the only proof aside from the edition, the only loose set and the only set of individually signed prints. The broadside, unsigned as issued, was created as a prospectus for the set and was given to each purchaser of the book.

  • 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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Flipping, Kicking, Howling, Rolling, Sitting, Standing, Climbing, Telling; and B

Nine prints, including the complete set of eight etchings in colors, and broadside etching in colors with text, all on Rives BFK paper, with full margins, with colophon, loose (the only set issued unbound and individually signed),
all I. 11 x 8 in. (27.9 x 20.3 cm) three horizontal
all S. 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

all prints signed, titled and annotated `B.A.T.' in pencil, the broadside numbered 1/40 in pencil on the reverse (the bon à tirer (right to print) proofs, the edition of the bound book was 35), published by The Litho Shop, Venice, California, all unframed.

$14,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $17,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 28 October 2014 11am & 5:30pm