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Ed Ruscha Art

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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(Biography provided by AB Projects)
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Artist: Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha - America Whistles, 1975, Signed Lithograph, Pop Art, Conceptual Art
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Hamburg, DE
Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937) America Whistles (from America: The Third Century), 1975 Medium: Lithograph on wove paper Dimensions: 76.3 x 57 cm Edition of 200: Hand signed, number...
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20th Century Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020 Porcelain plate From a limited edition of 175 10.5 × 10.5 in (26.7 × 26.7 cm) NOTES: The only edition to date from Ruscha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Porcelain

South -- Print, Lithograph, Text Art by Ed Ruscha
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED RUSCHA South, 1991 Lithograph in colours, on white Rives BFK paper Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 50 Printed by Hamilton Press, Venice, California Published by Cre...
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1990s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

HOPE
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Washington , DC, DC
Hope
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Harmless Dinners plate
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Washington , DC, DC
stamped with text Ed Ruscha 2012 en verso
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Plate Glass

Etc. -- Print, Lithograph, Text Art by Ed Ruscha
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED RUSCHA Etc., 1991 Lithograph in colours, on white Rives BFK paper Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 50 Printed by Hamilton Press, Venice, California Published by Crea...
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1990s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

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 Art

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Lithograph

Taxi Cab
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Washington , DC, DC
text en verso comes folded as issued
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1980s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020 Porcelain plate From a limited edition of 175 10.5 × 10.5 in (26.7 × 26.7 cm) NOTES: The only edition to date from Ruscha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Porcelain

20th Century Fox (Hand Signed)
By Ed Ruscha
Located in New York, NY
ED RUSCHA 20th Century Fox (Hand Signed), 2004 Offset lithograph card. = Signed in black marker by Ed Ruscha on the front Gorgeously framed with different colored beveled edges, a v-...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Offset

A Particular Kind of Heaven towel
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Washington , DC, DC
A Particular Kind of Heaven towel
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Cotton

Swarm of Red Ants, from: Insects
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937) 1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American) Title: Swarm of Red Ants, from: Insects, 1972 Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated and Numbered Screenprint on Wove...
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1970s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

Ed Ruscha 'Nine Swimming Pools' Lithograph 1970
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Created in 1970, Ed Ruscha's, 'Nine Swimming Pools' is a lithograph on Arches paper. This is a truly amazing piece and is in great condition. Contact us with any further questions!
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1970s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Evil
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Screenprint on wood-grain veneer paper, cut edges, bleed image
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Late 20th Century Abstract Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

CHEESE MOLD STANDARD WITH OLIVE
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Aventura, FL
Screenprint in colors on wove paper. Hand signed, dated and numbered 'AP' by the artist (main edition of 150 plus 10 artist proofs made). Image size 19.5 x 37 inches. Sheet size 25.7...
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1960s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

Question & Answer, from: Etc.; If; South; Question & Answer
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937) 1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American) Title: Question & Answer, from: Etc.; If; South; Question & Answer, 1991 Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated a...
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1990s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

If, from: Etc.; If; South; Question & Answer
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937) 1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American) Title: If, from: Etc.; If; South; Question & Answer, 1991 Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated and Numbered Lit...
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1990s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Hot Shot, from: Eighteen Small Prints, 1973
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937) 1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American) Title: Hot Shot, from: Eighteen Small Prints, 1973 Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated and Numbered Lithograph i...
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1970s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Some Los Angeles Apartments, from the Book Covers series
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Lithograph on white Arches paper, torn and deckle edges
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Late 20th Century Abstract Ed Ruscha Art

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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 Art

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Lithograph

The End
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A work by Ed Ruscha. "The End" is a glass hologram set from Ed Ruscha's series "The End." "The End" paintings are “a series of canvases that portray scratched and scarred end titles...
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Late 20th Century Post-War Ed Ruscha Art

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Glass

History Kids
By Ed Ruscha
Located in New York, NY
2013 Lithograph in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 29 x 28 inches Edition of 60 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil Framed
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2010s Conceptual Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

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 Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Hell 1/2 Way Heaven promo)
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Washington , DC, DC
A play on the phrase "halfway between heaven and hell," this fully authorized color reproduction of the original print was printed on quality paper and originally included as a fold-...
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1980s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Paper

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 Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020 Porcelain plate From a limited edition of 175 10.5 × 10.5 in (26.7 × 26.7 cm) Sold in the original packaging and in mint /...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Porcelain

Turbo Tears -- Print, Lithograph, Text Art by Ed Ruscha
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED RUSCHA Turbo Tears, 2020 Lithograph in colours, on grey BFK Rives Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 120 Printed by Hamilton Press, California Sheet: 60.0 x 76.0 cm (2...
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2010s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

The Fan 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 Art

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Lithograph

We the People -- Print, Lithograph, Artists for Obama, Text Art by Ed Ruscha
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED RUSCHA We the People, 2012 Lithograph in colours, on Arches cover buff paper Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 150 From Artists for Obama Printed and published by Ge...
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2010s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Hourglass Reloj de Arena - Amercian Pop Art
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937) 1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American) Title: Hourglass Reloj de Arena, 1988 Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated and Numbered Etching in Colours on ...
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1980s Ed Ruscha Art

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Etching, Handmade Paper

Make New History
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Washington , DC, DC
Ed Ruscha multiple published on the occasion of the Gala of the 30th Anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Printed in an edition of approximately 1000 copies ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Linen

That Was Then This Is Now
By Ed Ruscha
Located in New York, NY
That Was Then This Is Now 2014 Lithograph in colors, on wove paper S. 34 x 46 inches Edition of 75 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed, pristine condition
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2010s Conceptual Ed Ruscha Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Main Street
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Ed Ruscha Main Street 1990 Lithograph 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. Edition of 250 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Ar...
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1990s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

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 Art

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Lithograph

Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020 Porcelain plate From a limited edition of 175 10.5 × 10.5 in (26.7 × 26.7 cm) NOTES: The only edition to date from Ruscha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Porcelain

Ed Ruscha, L.C. (from Leo Castelli 90th Birthday), 1997, Pop Art, Signed Print
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Hamburg, DE
Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937) L.C., from Leo Castelli 90th Birthday, 1997 Medium: Screenprint in colors, on Somerset Velvet paper Dimensions: 94.2 x 68.8 cm (37 1/8 x 27 1/8 in) Ed...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

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 Art

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Color, Lithograph

Turbo Tears - Contemporary Art, Editions, Ed Ruscha, Lithograph, Red
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Zug, CH
Ed Ruscha Turbo Tears - Contemporary Art, Editions, Ed Ruscha, Lithograph, Pop Art 2020 Lithograph Edition of 120 60 × 76 cm (23.62 × 29.92 in) Signed and numbered In mint condition...
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2010s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Ed Ruscha and Ken Price 'Flies and Frog' Lithograph 1969
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Ed Ruscha and Ken Price's 1969 'Flies and Frogs' is a Lithograph in colors, on Copperplate Deluxe paper. The piece is signed and numbered by the artist and is from an edition of 40. ...
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1960s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Babycakes with Weigths, Conceptual Art, Contemporary Art, 20th Century
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Hamburg, DE
Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937) Babycakes with Weigths, 1970 Medium: Artist's book, offset printed (white paper, blue paper with green flocking, pink satin ribbon) Dimensions: 19 × 15....
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20th Century Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Paper, Cardboard

Red Ants, from: Insects, 1972
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937) 1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American) Title: Red Ants, from Insects, 1972 Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated, and Numbered Screenprint on Wove Paper P...
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1970s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

Angel (Engberg, 211; Tamarind, 91-319), Ed Ruscha
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Ed Ruscha (1937) Title: Angel (Engberg, 211; Tamarind, 91-319) Year: 1991 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Edition: 68, plus proofs Size: 12.07 x 16 inches Condition: Excel...
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1990s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

Raw -- Print, Screen Print, Text Art, Contemporary Art by Ed Ruscha
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED RUSCHA Raw, 1971 Screenprint with varnish overlay, on Louvain Opaque Cover paper Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 90 Printed by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles Publish...
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1970s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020 Porcelain plate From a limited edition of 175 10.5 × 10.5 in (26.7 × 26.7 cm) NOTES: The only edition to date from Ruscha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Porcelain

Grey Suds -- Screen Print, Pop Art by Ed Ruscha
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
ED RUSCHA Grey Suds, 1971 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 Editio...
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1970s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

Zoot Suit
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Zoot Suit is a 2014 etching by American artist Ed Ruscha. Zoot Suit is from an edition of 40 plus artist and printers proofs. The color etching displays Rusch's iconic use of text. T...
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2010s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Etching

Chicago Art Fair (C.I.A.E)
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Lithograph on Arches 88 paper
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Color, Lithograph

Jumping Fish
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Etching on R.K.Burt paper, cut, torn, and deckle edges
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Color, Etching

Ed Ruscha 'Raw' Screenprint 1971
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Ed Ruscha's 1971 screenprint on paper 'Raw' is beautifully framed. This piece is signed and numbered by the artist and is from an edition of 90. This work is in excellent condition!...
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1970s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Screen

OH and NO
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Long Island City, NY
Cloth-covered hardbound book with gilded silver edges and airbrushed text on fore-edge by the American artist Ed Ruscha, from 2005-2008, is a contemporary sculpture. Signed and numb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Paint, Paper

History Kids
By Ed Ruscha
Located in New York, NY
2013 Lithograph in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 29 x 28 in. (73.7 x 71.1 cm) Edition of 60 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin Unframed, mint condition
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2010s Conceptual Ed Ruscha Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Two Jumping Fish
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Etching on R.K.Burt paper: cut, torn, and deckle edges
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Late 20th Century Abstract Ed Ruscha Art

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Color, Etching

Hot Shot
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Lithograph on white wove paper, cut edges, bleed image
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Late 20th Century Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Ed Ruscha, "Sin With Olive", 1970 Lithograph
By Ed Ruscha
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ed Ruscha Sin with Olive 1970 Lithograph 18 x 26 1/2 inches Edition 150, signed
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1970s Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

Yo
By Ed Ruscha
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Ed Ruscha Yo 1991 Lithograph 12 x 12 in. Edition of 30 Pencil signed, dated & numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art. Condition: This wor...
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1990s Contemporary Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

South
By Ed Ruscha
Located in London, GB
Lithograph on white Rives BFK paper Proofs: 10AP, 1BAT, 2CTP, 2PP, 4 publisher's proofs, 1 shop proof, 5TP Inscriptions: Signed and dated in pencil lower right, "Ed Ruscha 91", numbe...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Ed Ruscha Art

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Color, 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 Art

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Screen

That Was Then This Is Now
By Ed Ruscha
Located in New York, NY
2014 Lithograph in colors, on wove paper S. 34 x 46 in. (86.4 x 116.8 cm) Edition of 75 Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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2010s Conceptual Ed Ruscha Art

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Lithograph

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Questions About Ed Ruscha Art
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Ed Ruscha is a conceptual artist. His work also shows elements of Pop art. However, the artist does not associate his own work with either movement. He is well known for his text paintings first produced during the 1960s. Find a variety of Ed Ruscha on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Ed Ruscha made his well-known collage art by combining words and images from advertisements and other pieces of media. He often incorporated found items and unconventional materials like blood, liquid medicine and food. You'll find a selection of Ed Ruscha art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Ed Ruscha is famous for his text paintings made during the 1960s. The American conceptual and Pop art artist was born on December 16, 1937, in Omaha, Nebraska. On 1stDibs, you can shop a collection of Ed Ruscha textual art.

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