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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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Spooning

1973
Lithograph with hand-colouring in Revlon Blush of Mauve lipstick by Samantha Eggar, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 15.8 x 24.8 cm (6 1/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
S. 30.9 x 40 cm (12 1/8 x 15 3/4 in.)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 'A.P. 9' in pencil, the edition was 20 numbered AP 1 - AP 20 (there were also 7 artist's proofs numbered AP 21-27), published by Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York, unframed.

Estimate
£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £2,375

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London Auction 10 September 2020