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  • Provenance

    Patrick Painter Editions, Hong Kong

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Bonn, Kunstmuseum; Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, Great Illusions: Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Ed Ruscha, 1999, pp. 71-75 (illustrated); S. Engberg and C. Phillpot, Edward Ruscha Editions, 1959-1999, Catalogue Raisonne, Minneapolis, 1999, pp. 50-53 (illustrated); S. Wolf, ed., Ed Ruscha and Photography, New York, 2004, pp. 156-157 (partial illustration of two prints from the complete set)

  • 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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Swimming Pools

Nine color coupler prints.
15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (40 x 40 cm) each.
This work is from an edition of 30.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £90,500

Property from The Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgium

3 Apr 2008, 4pm