Ed Ruscha - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Donated by the artist courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York to ADDF for the Annual Benefit Auction, Sotheby's, New York, 12 September 2007, lot 43
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Robert Dean, Edward Ruscha, Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings Volume Seven 2004-2011, p. 237 (illustrated)

  • 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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Property from an Important European Collector



signed and dated 'Ed Ruscha 2007' lower right
oil on printed canvas support, in artist's frame
28.4 x 36 cm (11 1/8 x 14 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2007.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £40,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017