Ed Ruscha - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | Phillips
  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Colored People, A Few Palm Trees, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Crackers, Royal Road Test, Los Angles Apartments, Nine Swimming Pools, Edward Ruscha (Ed - Werd Rew - Shay) Young Artist

  • 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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A Collection of 10 Artist's Books

A group of 10 artist's books, one with the original glassine dust jacket, one with the original silver slipcase.
largest 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
smallest 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (11.4 x 9.5 x 3.8 cm)

All from the first edition, three signed in blue ink, one signed, dated and dedicated 'For Don Friend Indeed - Ed Ruscha 11-20-04' in blue ink and one signed and dedicated 'Greetings Don' on the slipcase in blue ink, published by the artist.

$8,000 - 12,000 

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19-21 October 2021