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  • 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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The World and its Surroundings, from The Global Edition series

1982
Lithograph in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 28 1/8 x 20 in. (71.4 x 50.8 cm)
S. 42 x 31 3/4 in. (106.7 x 80.6 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 49/55 in pencil (there were also 5 artist's proofs), published by Bernard Jacobson, Ltd., London, with the sheet slightly toned, very occasional soft handling creases in the margins (mainly visible in raking light), pinpoint accretions at the lower center image and margins, a diagonal soft crease at the upper left margin (mainly visible in raking light), very occasional minor surface soiling in the margins, otherwise in good condition, unframed.

Estimate
$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $2,375

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