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Ed Ruscha

Big Dipper Over Desert, 1982

Aquatint in colors on wove paper
24 × 36 in
61 × 91.4 cm
Edition 35/48 + 10AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
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About the work
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Heritage Auctions

Framed: 36.25in x 47.6in x 0in

Framed: 36.25in x 47.6in x 0in

Signature
Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil in lower margin, with the blindstamp of the publisher
Publisher
Crown Point Press, Oakland Printed by Peter Pettengill
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Ed Ruscha
American, b. 1937
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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.

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About the work
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Framed: 36.25in x 47.6in x 0in

Framed: 36.25in x 47.6in x 0in

Signature
Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil in lower margin, with the blindstamp of the publisher
Publisher
Crown Point Press, Oakland Printed by Peter Pettengill
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Ed Ruscha
American, b. 1937
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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.

Ed Ruscha

Big Dipper Over Desert, 1982

Aquatint in colors on wove paper
24 × 36 in
61 × 91.4 cm
Edition 35/48 + 10AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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