Ed Ruscha - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Siri Engberg B1-8, B10-13, B15-17, M25

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Twentysix Gasoline Stations; Various Small Fires and Milk; Some Los Angeles Apartments; Every Building on The Sunset Strip; Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles; Royal Road Test; Business Cards; Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass; Crackers; Babycakes with Weights; Real Estate Opportunities; A Few Palm Trees; Records; Colored People; Hard Light and 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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Selection of 16 Artist Books (E. B1-8, B10-13, B15-17, M25)

16 artists' books, four with the original glassine dust jackets, one with the original slipcase.
smallest 4 1/2 x 3 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. (11.4 x 9.2 x 3.5 cm)
largest 10 x 8 x 1/4 in. (25.4 x 20.3 x .6 cm)

Two signed, one numbered, all from the first, second or third editions of varying sizes, nine published by the artist, five published by Heavy Industry Publications, Hollywood, one published by Multiples, Inc., New York and one published by The Minneapolis Institute of Art.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $7,620

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023