Allen Ruppersberg, ‘Untitled (City Limits)’, 1970, Phillips

Each: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm.)

From the Catalogue:
Executed early in his career, Untitled (City Limits) reflects the importance of language in pioneering conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg’s practice along with contemporaries Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari. Each work depicts a snapshot of a city limit sign from small towns in California with a hand holding a magazine comically extending into the frame, interrupting the otherwise quiet scene. This juxtaposition and sequential arrangement of the series of five photographs induces the viewer to search for a narrative that extends across the works.
Courtesy of Phillips

San Antonio, Artpace, On the Road, May 13 - September 5, 2010 (another example exhibited, dated 1971)
Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Still Life with Fish: Photography from the Collection, February 13 - May 15, 2016 (another example exhibited)

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Allen Ruppersberg

Since the 1960s, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books have been among the media through which Allen Ruppersberg explores the intersection of art, literature, and life. Like those of Allan Kaprow, Ruppersberg’s projects are participatory, anticipating the ideas of Rirkrit Tiravanija, Carsten Höller, and other 1990s practitioners of Relational Aesthetics. Ruppersberg's installation The Never Ending Book Part 2/Art and Therefore Ourselves (2009) was a selection of thousands of photocopied pages from the artist’s collection of books, which he installed in a theatrical environment of props and posters; the pages were stacked in boxes and free for viewers to take home and create their own unique “books”.

American, b. 1944, Cleveland, Ohio