Ed Ruscha, ‘Tropical Fish Series’, 1975, Phillips

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All sheets: 65.4 x 83.2 cm (25 3/4 x 32 3/4 in.) one vertical

Including: Air, Water, Fire; Closed; Open; Music; and Sweets, Meats, Sheets

Signature: All signed, dated and numbered 50/56, 55/57, 39/53, 51/58, and 6/55 respectively in pencil on the reverse (there were also 10 or 11 artist’s proofs for each), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles (with their inkstamp on the reverse), all framed.

Gemini G.E.L. 578-582
Siri Engberg 79-83

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

Group Shows

2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Lidia Andich, 
Seattle,
Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at SP-Arte 2015
2015
Gagosian - Nick, 
Central,
Art Basel Hong Kong 2015
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