Ed Ruscha, ‘8543 Sunset Blvd. - 1966’, 1966-2014, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions: Benefit Auction 2017

Framed: 10.5 x 12 7/8 x 1 in.

Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Oklahoma City with his family where they resided for the next 15 years. He moved to Los Angeles in 1956 where he began his art studies at Chouinard Art Institute. After graduating he took a job as a layout artist for the Carson-Roberts Advertising Agency in Los Angeles. He started to focus more on his artistic practice and became recognized within the Pop art movement and Ferris Gallery, where he was part of the “New Painting of Common Objects” curated by Walter Hopps with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Dowd, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Jim Dine, and Wayne Theibaud. His work mainly focuses on painting, printmaking, drawing, photography and film. He is heavily influenced by commercial art, as seen in his word paintings and drawings which now dominate his work. In 1970 Ruscha represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. He has had his work shown at the Pasadena Art Museum, Robert Fraser Gallery, London, Leo Castelli Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centres Georges Pompidou, Hirshhorn Gallery, and many more. He is currently based out of Los Angeles.
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About Ed Ruscha

Despite being credited with a Pop sensibility, Ed Ruscha defies categorization with his diverse output of photographic books and tongue-in-cheek photo-collages, paintings, and drawings. Ruscha’s work is inspired by the ironies and idiosyncrasies of life in Los Angeles, which he often conveys by placing glib words and phrases from colloquial and consumerist usage atop photographic images or fields of color. Known for painting and drawing with unusual materials such as gunpowder, blood, and Pepto Bismol, Ruscha draws attention to the deterioration of language and the pervasive cliches in pop culture, illustrated by his iconic 1979 painting I Don’t Want No Retro Spective. “You see this badly done on purpose, but the badly-done-on-purpose thing was done so well that it just becomes, let’s say, profound,” he once said. Equally renowned were his photographic books, in which he transferred the deadpan Pop style into series of images of LA—apartments, palm trees, or Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1962), his most famous work.

American, b. 1937, Omaha, Nebraska, based in Los Angeles, California