Ed Ruscha - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, France

  • Literature

    S. Engberg and C. Phillpot, eds., Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999 Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 2, Minneapolis, 1999, p. 120

  • 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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Parking Lots #9 (Good Year tires, 6610 Laurel Canyon, North Hollywood) from Thirty Four Parking Lots in Los Angeles

Gelatin silver print, printed 1999.
38.1 x 38.1 cm (15 x 15 in).
Signed and numbered 9/35 in pencil on the verso. One from an edition of 35 plus 10 artist's proofs.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £6,000


19 May 2011