1 of 3 images

Ed Ruscha



TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Ed Ruscha Stranger 1983 Lithograph 30 x 22 1/2 in. Bon A Tirer (B.A.T.) from an edition of 7 Pencil signed and annotated B.A.T. Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art. Condition: This work is in excellent condition. Frame: This work is floated in a wood frame, that perfectly shows the corners and the margins of the paper. ABOUT THE WORK: This work was done in 1983, from an edition of only 7 pieces. It is extremely limited, and extremely rare. This particular work is the B.A.T. (Bon A Tirer). That means "right to pull" The B.A.T. is the 1st print pulled from the edition and marked as such, allowing the printers to know that the rest of the edition is ready to be printed and completed Again it is extremely rare. Ruscha offers the capacity for multiple meanings of words, as seen in Stranger. Stranger can be a understood as a comparison of more or less than, or rather something or someone unknown. There is no definitive right answer, the meaning is based upon viewer discretion. The descending style in which he displays the word, both iconic and playful, elicits a similar ambiguity. ABOUT THIS ARTIST: Edward Ruscha has remained an important figure in American art since the early 1960's when his artwork first came to the fore as part of the West Coast Pop Art movement. Since that time, he has continued to develop his signature style, which combines words and images on the same visual field. By doing so, visual and verbal means of communication coexist and create a sense of friction. The words conjure mental images that do not necessarily describe what the eye actually sees in the painting. A painter, printmaker, and filmmaker, Edward Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1937, and lived some 15 years in Oklahoma City before moving permanently to Los Angeles where he studied at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1956 through 1960. By the early sixties he was well known for his paintings, collages, and printmaking, and for his association with the Ferus Gallery group, which also included artists Robert Irwin, Edward Moses, Ken Price, and Edward Kienholz. He later achieved recognition for his paintings incorporating words and phrases and for his many photographic books, all influenced by the deadpan irreverence of the Pop Art movement. 

Ruscha has a talent for making the banal seem significant. He often reduces his subject to the minimum amount of detail needed for identification. Places and structures are often depicted as shadows. Ruscha is interested in language, and how that language can describe but not depict space. Words have been present in many of Ruscha's paintings, often occupying the whole canvas. What they say is always clear. but what they mean is more ambiguous. A major retrospective of Ruscha’s career opened at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. in June 2000 and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Miami Art Museum, and the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, TX. In 2001 Ruscha was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters as a member of the Department of Art. Ruscha's work has been exhibited internationally for three decades and is represented in major museum collections. Among his other public commissions are a mural commissioned for the Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami, Florida (1985 and 1989); and for the Great Hall of the Denver Central Library, Colorado (1994-95). Ruscha is represented in Los Angeles by Gagosian Gallery and in New York by Leo Castelli Gallery. In 2004, The Whitney Museum of American Art exhibited an Ed Ruscha drawing retrospective, Cotton Puffs, Q-tips®, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha.    At the invitation of the U.S Department of State, four distinguished American museums recommended noted American artist Ed Ruscha to represent the United States at the 2005 Venice Biennale. The group consisted of the directors and curatorial representatives of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. Ruscha nominated Linda Norden, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, to serve as curator of his exhibition. The U.S. Department of State approved these recommendations.    


  • Condition
    Excellent. This work is in excellent condition..
  • Dimensions

    H 35 in. x W 24.50 in. x D 2 in.

    H 88.9 cm x W 62.23 cm x D 5.08 cm

  • Gallery location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2017
Typical response time: 4 hrs
Located in Miami, FL
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
Cash For Tools 2
Ed Ruscha
Paper, Mixed Media
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Ed Ruscha Cash For Tools 2, from Rusty Signs 2014 Mixograph on handmade paper 24 x 24 in. Edition of 50 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with CO...
Roy Lichtenstein
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Roy Lichtenstein Titled 1996 Screenprint on Coventry Rag paper 31 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. Edition of 175 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with COA by G...
Hot Springs
Chiho Aoshima
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Chiho Aoshima Hot Springs 2005 Lithograph 26 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. Edition of 300 Signed and numbered in ink Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art. Co...
Dance Costume in the Form of Fag ends with Fall...
Claes Oldenburg
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Claes Oldenberg Dance Costume in the From of Fag Ends with Fallen Dancer 1972 Lithograph 17 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. Edition of 50 Pencil signed and numbered Accompan...
You May Also Like
Price Upon Request
History Kids
Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha History Kids, 2013 Lithograph Image size: 24 1/16 x 24 inches (61.1 x 71.8 cm) Paper size: 29 x 28 1/4 inches (73.7 x 71.8 cm) Edition 60 Signed 'Ed Ruscha' and dated lower...
Ed Ruscha
An artist's proof aside from the edition of 40 Signed and dated by the artist lower right Publisher: Hamilton Press Printer: Ed Hamilton Roadmaster depicts the outline of Rusch...
Sea of Desire
Ed Ruscha
Etching, Aquatint
Ed Ruscha in collaboration with Jim Ganzer Etching and aquatint, 1983 Sheet size: 22.5 x 30 in : 57.2 x 76.2 cm in Rives BFK paper No. 28 from the edition of 40, signed and dated by ...
Fruit-Metrecal Hollywood
Ed Ruscha
Paper, Screen
A print by Ed Ruscha. "Fruit-Metrecal Hollywood" is a screen print on paper executed in a pale, peachy beige wash of color and depicting the abstracted landscape of the iconic Hollyw...
Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha Angel, 1991 stone lithograph, Ed. 63/68 12 x 16" 25-1/2 x 25-3/8" – framed
Mark Twain Quote
Ed Ruscha
Mark Twain Quote, 2012 Lithograph signed and dated lower right 16 x 22 inches 40.6 x 55.9 cm (unframed) CTP 19 (Edition 60)
Ed Ruscha
Lithograph on calendered Rives BFK paper No. 19 from the edition of 20, signed, dated and numbered by the artist. Publisher: Tamarind Lithography Workshop Notes: Printed in 2 colo...
Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha
Numbered, signed and dated '1971' lower left. Co-published by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles and Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York. Literature, Walker Art Center 54.