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  • Provenance

    Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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Property from an Important European Collector

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What Say - Say What

signed, titled and dated 'Ed Ruscha "WHAT SAY - SAY WHAT" 2004' on the front page
hardbound artist's book of blank pages, ink on the exposed edges of the book block
6 x 23.5 x 28.7 cm (2 3/8 x 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2004.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £13,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017