Ed Ruscha, ‘Edsel’, 2001, Gagosian

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Ed Ruscha: Prints and Photographs, Gagosian, Beverly Hills
2016
Ed Ruscha: Books & Co., Gagosian, Beverly Hills
2016
Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, de Young Museum, San Francisco
2016
Ed Ruscha: Mountain Prints, Gagosian, Geneva

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Ed Ruscha: Prints and Photographs, Gagosian, Beverly Hills
2016
Ed Ruscha: Books & Co., Gagosian, Beverly Hills
2016
Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, de Young Museum, San Francisco
2016
Ed Ruscha: Mountain Prints, Gagosian, Geneva
2014
2013
Ed Ruscha: Books & Co., Gagosian, New York
2012
Ed Ruscha, Gagosian, New York
2011
Ed Ruscha: Psycho Spaghetti Westerns, Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2016
Campaign for Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
International Pop, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
2015
International Pop, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
2010
Summer Shows, Gagosian, New York
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