Ed Ruscha - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Phillips
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    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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Motor City

The complete set of seven etching and aquatints in colors, on wove paper, with full margins.
all I. 7 x 6 1/2 in. (17.8 x 16.5 cm)
all S. 10 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (26 x 24.1 cm)

All signed, dated and numbered 22/50 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco (with their blindstamp and inkstamp on the reverse), all framed.

$12,000 - 18,000 

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