Ed Ruscha - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Siri Engberg/Walker Art Center 141

  • 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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Property from an Important Collection


Sea of Desire (E. 141)

Lithograph in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 17 3/8 x 25 5/8 in. (44 x 65 cm)
S. 22 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (56.5 x 75.5 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 22/25 in pencil (there were also 9 artist's proofs), published by the artist, framed.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $21,590

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 18 - 20 April 2023