Ed Ruscha - Editions Contemporary: Online Auction New York Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, California

  • Literature

    Siri Engberg B1-6, B10, B12, B13, B16

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Twenty Six Gasoline Stations, Colored People, A Few Palm Trees, Real Estate Opportunties, Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Crackers, Royal Road Test, Various Small Fires and Milk, Some Los Angles Apartments, Thirty Four Parking Lots in Los Angeles, and City Scapes O Books

  • Artist Biography

    Ed Ruscha

    American • 1937

    Ed Ruscha is an Los Angeles-based artist whose art, like California itself, is both geographically rooted and a metaphor for an American state of mind. A deft creator of photography, film, painting, drawing, prints and artist books, Ruscha has executed works for over 60 years that are simultaneously unexpected and familiar, both ironic and sincere.

    His most iconic works are 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 the post-war world.

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A collection of twelve artist's books

A group of 12 artist's books by Ed Ruscha, including one collaboration with Lawrence Weiner, four with the original glassine dust jackets.
smallest 7 x 5 x 1/4 in. (17.8 x 12.7 x .6 cm)
largest 10 x 10 x 1/2 in. (25.4 x 25.4 x 1.3 cm)

Ten from the first edition, published by the artist, all with occasional surface soiling and soft handling creases, a few with library inkstamps at the inside covers, Sunset Strip's slipcase with a separated piece, Crackers not with the original cover, otherwise all in good condition.

$6,000 - 9,000 

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Editions Contemporary: Online Auction

Online Auction 17 - 24 June 2020