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Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha

Texts by Mary Richards and Edward Ruscha

26,4 x 20,8 cm - 10 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches
121 pages
Published by Tate Publishing

ISBN-10: 1854376233
ISBN-13: 978-1854376237

Ed Ruscha’s photography, drawing, painting, and artist books record the shifting emblems of American life in the last half century. His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distil the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound. Ruscha’s wry choice of words and phrases, which feature heavily in his work, draw upon the moments of incidental ambiguity implicit in the interplay between the linguistic signifier and the concept signified. Although his images are undeniably rooted in the vernacular of a closely observed American reality, his elegantly laconic art speaks to more complex and widespread issues regarding the appearance, feel, and function of the world and our tenuous and transient place within it.