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    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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Black Ants, from Insects

1972
Screenprint in colours, on paper-backed wood veneer, the full sheet.
S. 51 x 68.9 cm (20 1/8 x 27 1/8 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered 86/100 in pencil (there were also 15 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Multiples, Inc., New York (with their and the artist's copyright inkstamps on the reverse), unframed.

Estimate
£1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for £2,000

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London Auction 24 January 2019