Ed Ruscha - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London
    Bernier / Eliades Gallery, Athens
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

  • 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 Northern European Collection



signed and dated 'Ed Ruscha 2001' on the inside front cover
bleach on a 1998 cloth-bound book The New American Politician
21.6 x 14.5 x 3 cm (8 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 1 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2001.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £15,120

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020