Ed Ruscha - Editions & Works on Paper New York Monday, October 24, 2022 | Phillips

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  • 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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Course of Empire; Brown Course of Empire; and Black Course of Empire

Three lithographs, one in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
all I. 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (29.2 x 24.1 cm)
all S. 18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm)

All signed, dated and numbered 'C.T.P. 1', 'A.P. P' and 'A.P. S' in pencil respectively (a color trial proof and two artist's proofs, the editions were 50 and 35), published by Hamilton Press, Venice, California (with their blindstamps), all framed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $4,032

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 - 26 October 2022