Kenny Scharf, ‘FUN VACATION (THE CRUISER) in collaboration with Ed Ruscha, Signed by both Ed Ruscha and Kenny Scharf’, 1990, Alpha 137 Gallery

"Fun Vacation (The Cruiser)", a dramatic vintage Pop print published in a very small edition of 16, is the result of a collaboration between international art superstars Ed Ruscha and Kenny Scharf. The sheet has desirable deckled edges, and the work is in excellent condition, with natural bleed-through colors. This work is extremely scarce, especially in such fine condition, given that other impressions are in permanent public collections including LACMA and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

The ship is a motif that Ed Ruscha has visited many times, particularly as it is pictured here as a shadowy mirage that seems to both emerge from and disappear into the fog. Ruscha’s work from this period is viewed by many as a metaphor for the end of the American Dream that was originated by valiant sailors as they sailed through uncertainty and found a new land.
Publisher: Ed Ruscha & Kenny Scharf
Printer: Hamilton Press, Venice, CA
Catalogue Raisonné: 200, Engberg

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Signature:  Signed by Ed Ruscha and Kenny Scharf lower right; dated lower right; numbered lower left in pencil; with the printer's distinctive blind stamp

Publisher: Publisher: Ed Ruscha & Kenny Scharf Printer: Hamilton Press, Venice, CA

Catalogue Raisonné: 200, Engberg

About Kenny Scharf

Muralist, painter, sculptor, and installation artist Kenny Scharf is best known for his fantastical, large-scale paintings of anthropomorphic animals and imagined creatures, as in Viva Mare Viva Mar (2011). Though Scharf’s brightly colored imagery is generally playful, he has remarked that darker themes exist beneath the surface of his works, visible upon closer inspection. Scharf was a part of the 1980s East Village Art movement, along with his good friend and fellow street artist Keith Haring. The artist says he has been influenced by all 20th-century art movements, including Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, the latter reflected in his appropriation of cartoon characters from television shows like the Flintstones and Jetsons and his humorous depiction of snack food in Maple Glazed Donut Over Fertile Landscape (2011). Scharf’s oftentimes dense and frenetic compositions also echo a Baroque sensibility.

American, b. 1958, Los Angeles, California

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

2013
San Francisco,
Selected Works: Tony Cragg, Philip Guston, Callum Innes, Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Edward Ruscha