Ed Ruscha - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Two x Two, Dallas
    Private Collection, USA
    Phillips, New York, 17 September 2015, lot 27
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Lisa Turvey, ed., Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper, Volume Two: 1977–1997, New Haven and London, 2018, pp. 414 and 438 (illustrated, p. 414)

  • 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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signed and dated 'Ed Ruscha 1996' lower right
coloured pencil on lithograph
41 x 71.1 cm (16 1/8 x 27 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1996.

£40,000 - 60,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019