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  • Literature

    Engberg, Edward Ruscha Editions 1959-1999 Catalogue Raisonné, B1, B4, B5, B8, B10, B11, B12, B13, B16

  • Catalogue Essay

    Titles include: Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1962; Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1966; Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, 1967; Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, 1968; Crackers, 1969; Babycakes with Weights, 1970; Real Estate Opportunities, 1970; A Few Palm Trees, 1971; Colored People, 1972

    Crackers: Heavy Industry Publications, Hollywood, printed by G.R. Huttner Lithography, Burbank, CA, Edition of 5,000, dimensions overall (closed): 8 3/4 x 5 7/8 x 1/2 in.
    Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles: self-published, printed by Blair Litho, Los Angeles, Edition of 2,413, dimensions overall (closed): 10 x 8 x 1 1/8 in. (25.2 x 20.2 x 3 cm)
    Babycakes: Multiples, Inc. New York, Edition of 1200, dimensions (closed) 7 1/2 x 6 in. (19 x 15.2 cm)
    Every Building on the Sunset Strip: self-published, printed by Dick de Ruscha, Los Angeles, Edition of 1,000, dimensions (case) 7 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 1/2 in. (18.5 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm)
    A Few Palm Trees: Heavy Industry Publications, Hollywood, printed by G.R. Huttner Lithography, Burbank, CA, Edition of 3,900, dimensions overall (closed): 7 x 5 1/2 x 1/4 in. (17.8 x 14 x 0.5 cm)
    Colored People: self-published, printed by G.R. Huttner Lithography, Burbank, CA, Edition of 4,065, dimensions overall (closed): 7 x 5 1/2 x 1/4 in. (17.8 x 14 x 0.6 cm)
    Nine Swimming Pools: self-published, printed by Blair Litho, Los Angeles, Edition of 2,400, dimensions overall (closed): 7 x 5 1/2 x 1/4 in. (17.8 x 14 x 0.5 cm)
    Real Estate Opportunities: self-published, printed by G.R. Huttner Lithography, Burbank, CA, Edition of 4,000, dimensions overall (closed): 7 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (17.8 x 14 x 4 cm)
    Twentysix Gasoline Stations: A National Excelsior Publication (self-published), printed 1963 by Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California, Edition number 18 from an edition of 400, dimensions overall (closed): 7 x 5 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (17.8 x 14 x 4 cm)

  • 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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Selected artist's books

1962-1972
Nine artist's books. Various formats, printed wrappers.

Estimate
$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $10,000

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