Ed Ruscha - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, January 17, 2024 | Phillips
  • 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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On the Road

Letterpress poster with debossing and die-cut photograph, on wove paper, the full sheet.
S. 66.2 x 45.7 cm (26 1/8 x 17 7/8 in.)
Signed and dated in pencil, from the unnumbered edition of 100 (there was also an unsigned edition of unknown size), published by Gagosian, London, for the exhibition Ed Ruscha: On the Road: An Artist Book of the Classic Novel by Jack Kerouac, 12 October to 28 November 2009, unframed.

£1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for £889

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 17 - 18 January 2024