Ed Ruscha - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, September 21, 2023 | Phillips
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    Siri Engberg 84

  • 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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America Whistles, from America: The Third Century (E. 84)

Lithograph in colours, on Arches paper, the full sheet.
S. 76.6 x 57 cm (30 1/8 x 22 1/2 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered 83/200 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by APC Editions, New York, unframed.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £2,540

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 - 22 September 2023