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Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, America Whistles from America: The Third Century, lithograph in colours, signed, 1975, 1975

Lithograph in colours
30 × 22 3/10 in
76.3 × 56.7 cm
Edition of 200 (there were also 25 artist's proofs)
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London
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Shapero Modern
London
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Created as part of a bicentennial featuring 13 artists entitled, “America: The Third Century,” …

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Created as part of a bicentennial featuring 13 artists entitled, “America: The Third Century,” “America Whistles” was chosen as the cover for the 1976 issue of Art News Magazine. As typical to his oeuvre, Ed Ruscha employs humorous, ironic, sayings as a comment of our contemporary culture.

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Print
Signature
Signed and dated in pencil
Publisher
APC Editions, New York
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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Created as part of a bicentennial featuring 13 artists entitled, “America: The Third Century,” …

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Created as part of a bicentennial featuring 13 artists entitled, “America: The Third Century,” “America Whistles” was chosen as the cover for the 1976 issue of Art News Magazine. As typical to his oeuvre, Ed Ruscha employs humorous, ironic, sayings as a comment of our contemporary culture.

Medium
Print
Signature
Signed and dated in pencil
Publisher
APC Editions, New York
Ed Ruscha
American, b. 1937
Follow

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

Ed Ruscha, America Whistles from America: The Third Century, lithograph in colours, signed, 1975, 1975

Lithograph in colours
30 × 22 3/10 in
76.3 × 56.7 cm
Edition of 200 (there were also 25 artist's proofs)
Contact For Price
location
London
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