Ed Ruscha - Editions & Works on Paper New York Thursday, October 22, 2020 | Phillips

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  • The seemingly contradictory link between nonsensical words and cloudy skies is explained by the artist: “I see myself working with two things that don’t even ask to understand each other. I like the emptiness of things at the same time that I like things that are power-packed.” - Ed Ruscha

    • 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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Photolithograph in colors, on Somerset Satin paper, with full margins.
I. 29 x 29 in. (73.7 x 73.7 cm)
S. 35 3/8 x 35 1/4 in. (89.9 x 89.5 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 'C.T.P. 11/13' in pencil (a color trial proof, the edition was 32, there were also 6 artist's proofs), published by Akasha Fine Art, Minneapolis (with their blindstamp), framed.

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$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $63,000

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 21 - 22 October 2020