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Ed Ruscha

Some Los Angeles Apartments (Extremely rare Artist's Book from the mid 1960s, True First Edition - one of only 700 copies in the world.), 1965

True first edition artist book: stated limited edition of only 700
7 × 5 1/2 in
17.8 × 14 cm
Edition of 700
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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Alpha 137 Gallery Auction

A rare and elusive 1960s Artist Book - self published by Ruscha. Makes a terrific gift. This is a …

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A rare and elusive 1960s Artist Book - self published by Ruscha. Makes a terrific gift. This is a TRUE 1965 1st Edition of only 700 (unnumbered) stated copies. (not to be confused with the second edition in 1970 which was published in a much larger edition of 3000 and not to be confused with an eponymous 1990 Whitney …

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Edward Ruscha & Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles
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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Alpha 137 Gallery Auction

A rare and elusive 1960s Artist Book - self published by Ruscha. Makes a terrific gift. This is a …

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A rare and elusive 1960s Artist Book - self published by Ruscha. Makes a terrific gift. This is a TRUE 1965 1st Edition of only 700 (unnumbered) stated copies. (not to be confused with the second edition in 1970 which was published in a much larger edition of 3000 and not to be confused with an eponymous 1990 Whitney …

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Books and Portfolios
Publisher
Edward Ruscha & Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, Los Angeles
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

Some Los Angeles Apartments (Extremely rare Artist's Book from the mid 1960s, True First Edition - one of only 700 copies in the world.), 1965

True first edition artist book: stated limited edition of only 700
7 × 5 1/2 in
17.8 × 14 cm
Edition of 700
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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