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  • Provenance

    Patrick Painter Editions, Hong Kong

  • Literature

    S. Engberg and C. Phillpot, eds., Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959 -1999 Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 2, Minneapolis, 1999, pp. 90-91 (illustrated) and p. 120; S. Wolf, ed., Ed Ruscha and Photography, New York, 2004, pp 144-151 (partial illustration of original 1967 book)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ed Ruscha returned to his original negatives from the 1967 book Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles to create this Parking Lots series.  The present lot is comprised of only thirty prints because Ruscha’s original images depicted several lots within a single photograph.
     
     
    Pershing Square underground lot, 5th and Hill (E. 279); Lockheed Air Terminal, 2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank (E. 280); Lockheed Air Terminal, 2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank (E. 281); Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland (E. 282); 5000 W. Carling Way (E. 283); Eileen Feather Salon, 14425 Sherman Way, Van Nuys (E. 284); May Company, 6150 Laurel Canyon, North Hollywood (E. 285); 7133 Kester, Van Nuys (E. 286); Good Year Tires, 6610 Laurel Canyon, North Hollywood (E. 287); Unidentified Lot, Reseda (E. 288); Sears, Roebuck & Co., Bellingham & Hamlin, North Hollywood (E. 289)
    Rocketdyne, Canoga Park (E 290); Dodgers Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave. (E. 291); State Dept. of Employment, 14400 Sherman Way, Van Nuys (E. 292); Zurich-American Insurance, 4465 Wilshire Blvd. (E. 293); Gilmore Drive-in Theatre, 6201 W. 3rd Street (E. 294); Litton Industries, 5500 Canoga, Woodland Hills (E. 295); Universal Studios, Universal City (E. 296); State Board of Equalization, 14601 Sherman Way, Van Nuys (E. 297); 7101 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys (E. 298); Church of Christ, 14655 Sherman Way, Van Nuys (E. 299); Century City, 1800 Avenue of the Stars (E. 300); Century City, 1800 Avenue of the Stars (E. 301); Fashion Square, Sherman Oaks (E. 302); May Company, 6067 Wilshire Blvd. (E. 303); Pierce College, Woodland Hills (E. 304); Pierce College, Woodland Hills (E. 305); 5600-5700 Blocks of Wilshire Blvd. (E. 306); Federal, County & Police Building Lots, Van Nuys, California (E. 307); Intersections of Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. (E. 308)

  • 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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Parking Lots

1967/1999
30 gelatin silver prints.
15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm).
This work is from an edition of 35 plus 11 artist's proofs.

Estimate
£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £58,100

Property from The Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgium

3 Apr 2008, 4pm
London