Ed Ruscha - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 27, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, San Francisco

  • 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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Standard Station

Colour screenprint on commercial buff paper.
60 × 101.5 cm (23 5/8 × 39 7/8 in).
Signed, dated ‘Ed Ruscha 1966’ in pencil and annotated ‘Trial Proof’ lower left. This work is from an edition of 50 plus 2 artist’s proofs.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £82,850

Contemporary Art Day Sale

28 June