Ed Ruscha - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Thursday, October 16, 2008 | Phillips
  • 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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Rooftops

1961
Four gelatin silver prints, printed 2004.
25 x 25 in. (63.5 x 63.5 cm).
Each signed, dated '2004' and numbered 21/35 or 22/35 in pencil on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $18,750

PHOTOGRAPHS

16 Oct 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York