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Ed Ruscha

American, b. 1937

Indisputably one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century, Ed Ruscha has built a formidable body of work by staking a claim on the deceptively simple intersection of text and image, superimposing elliptical phrases (or, often, single words) over West Coast landscapes to create paintings and prints that can be read instantaneously yet evade easy understanding.

A pioneer of the 1960s Los Angeles art scene as part of the famed Ferus Gallery — alongside artists like Robert Irwin and Billy Al Bengston — Ruscha's embrace of Hollywood vernacular and the open Western road have tied him as closely to the identity of L.A. art as Jackson Pollock is with that of New York.

Coming to California in 1956 at the age of 18, Ruscha intended to become a commercial painter but found himself drawn to fine art, over time being shaped by three galvanizing influences: Marcel Duchamp, Pop art and the movies. Meeting Duchamp when the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum) hosted the French conceptual artist's first U.S. show, Ruscha was especially affected by his use of "readymade" objects and imagery, rendered unfamiliar through unexpected titles or text. Warhol's Campbell's Soup can paintings, meanwhile, were shown for the first time at the Ferus Gallery in 1962, opening up new vistas for Ruscha. Movies, then, provided another inspiration through their use of title cards, placing graphic text over filmic shots—The End, for instance — for maximum impact.

Ruscha began his famous series of word paintings in the 1960s, depicting various views of the Hollywood sign and the logos of studios like 20th Century Fox, but also roadside views like the Standard Oil stations dotting L.A.'s freeways. Over time these became more abstracted, pinning ambiguous, free-floating phrases (Wall Rockets is a famous example) to natural vistas, scenes of highways, or monochrome backgrounds. Beginning in about 1980, the artist began using a sharp font he designed himself, called Boy Scout Utility Modern.

A master printmaker who also works across the mediums of books, drawing, photography and even film — in 2009 he starred in a movie directed by the artist Doug Aitken — Ruscha has been an influence on a staggering array of artists, including Stephen Shore, Christopher Wool and Anselm Kiefer. His work has been featured in dozens of exhibitions around the world, including "Ed Ruscha: 50 Years of Painting" at London's Hayward Gallery (2009), "Ed Ruscha: Made in Los Angeles" at Madrid's Reina Sofia in 2002, a 2000 retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a survey of his works-on-paper at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1998, and a 1982 retrospective that traveled to the Whitney Museum. In 2005 he represented the United States at the 51st Venice Biennale, and in 2009 he received a National Arts Award.

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Average Sold Price
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Sex (29/30)
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Austin, TX
Published By: The artist, Ed Ruscha Printed By: Hamilton Press Literature: Catalogue Raisonné: 205, Engberg Additional Info: Despite being credited with a Pop sensibility, Ed Ruscha...
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1990s Contemporary Ed Ruscha

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Color, Lithograph

  • Sex (29/30)
  • Sex (29/30)
  • Sex (29/30)
  • Sex (29/30)
H 28 in. W 35.93 in.
Flies and Frog
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937) 1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American) and KENNETH PRICE (1935-2012) Los Angeles 1935-2012 Arroyo Hondo (American) Title: Flies and Frog, 1969 Technique...
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1960s Contemporary Ed Ruscha

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Lithograph

  • Flies and Frog
  • Flies and Frog
  • Flies and Frog
  • Flies and Frog
H 22.92 in. W 33.94 in.
Grey Suds -- Screen Print, Pop Art by Ed Ruscha
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Grey Suds, 1971 Ed Ruscha Screenprint in peacock blue, white and light peacock blue, on white Arches paper Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100 Printed by Cirrus Editi...
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1970s Pop Art Ed Ruscha

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Screen

Boiling Blood, Fly, 1969
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937) 1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American) Title: Boiling Blood, Fly, 1969 Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Wove...
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1960s Abstract Ed Ruscha

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Lithograph

Sin
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Miami, FL
Numbered, signed and dated in graphite lower left margin. Published by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles. Edward Ruscha: Editions, 1959-1999: Catalogue Raisonné. 1st ed. Vol II. S. Engber...
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1970s Contemporary Ed Ruscha

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Screen

  • Sin
  • Sin
  • Sin
  • Sin
H 18.75 in. W 26 in.
Ed Ruscha 'Other' Lithograph 2004
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Ed Ruscha 'Other' 2004 Signed, numbered and dated to lower edge Part of an edition of 250 Please reach out with any questions!
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ed Ruscha

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Lithograph

Ed Ruscha "Angel" signed lithograph on Rives BFK wove paper from edition of 50
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Angel" lithograph on Rives BFK wove paper by Ed Ruscha. Signed Ed Ruscha and dated 2006 in pencil on verso. Numbered 32/50 in lower left corner.
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ed Ruscha

Materials

Paper, Lithograph

The World and Its Surroundings, from the Global Editions Series
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, torn and deckle edges
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Ed Ruscha

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Lithograph

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Galleries Featuring Ed Ruscha

Bernard Jacobson Gallery
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Gilden's Art Gallery
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Upsilon Gallery
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RAW Editions
5.0
Alpha 137 Gallery
5.0
EHC Fine Art
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GREGG SHIENBAUM FINE ART
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Hirth Fine Art
5.0
Baldwin Projects
5.0

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