Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages

Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages

by Alexandra Schwartz, Ed Ruscha
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262681528

ISBN-13: 9780262681520

Pub. Date: 02/27/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

Ed Ruscha is among the most innovative artists of the last forty years. He is also one of the first Americans to introduce a critique of popular culture and an examination of language into the visual arts. Although he first made his reputation as a painter, Ruscha is also celebrated for his drawings (made both with conventional materials and with food, blood,

Overview

Ed Ruscha is among the most innovative artists of the last forty years. He is also one of the first Americans to introduce a critique of popular culture and an examination of language into the visual arts. Although he first made his reputation as a painter, Ruscha is also celebrated for his drawings (made both with conventional materials and with food, blood, gunpowder, and shellac), prints, films, photographs, and books. He is often associated with Los Angeles as a Pop and Conceptualist hub, but tends to regard such labels with a satirical, if not jaundiced, eye. Indeed, his work is characterized by the tensions between high and low, solemn and irreverent, and serious and nonsensical, and it draws on popular culture as well as Western art traditions.Leave Any Information at the Signal not only documents the work of this influential artist as he rose to prominence but also contains his writings and commentaries on other artistic developments of the period. The book is divided into three parts, each of which is arranged chronologically. Part one contains statements, letters, and other writings. Part two consists of more than fifty interviews, some of which have never before been published or translated into English. Part three contains sketchbook pages, word groupings, and other notes that chart how Ruscha develops ideas and solves artistic problems. They are published here for the first time. The book also contains more than eighty illustrations, selected and arranged by the artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262681520
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/27/2004
Series:
October Books
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part 1Writings1
Statement in "'West Coast Style': Something about Los Angeles,"3
Statement in "The Artist and Politics: A Symposium"4
Some of the '654 Things ...' List6
Statement in Henry Hopkins, 50 West Coast Artists10
Statement in "Picasso: A Symposium"12
A Proposal by Edward Ruscha for the Circuiar Ring and for the Lunettes of the New Miami-Dade Public Library, April 198514
A Proposal by Edward Ruscha for the Archway Lunettes of the Second and Third Floors of the Miami-Dade Public Library, April 198716
The Witness18
Statement in "What Artists Like about the Art They Like When They Don't Know Why,"19
Part 2Interviews21
Concerning Various Small Fires: Edward Ruscha Discusses His Perplexing Publications23
From Common Scenes, Mr. Ruscha Evokes Art28
Ed Ruscha Discusses His Latest Work with Christopher Fox30
Interview with Titia Tybout, May 27, 197134
Art: Interview with Ed Ruscha35
Ruscha as Publisher [or All Booked Up]40
My Books End Up in the Trash46
I'm Not Really a Photographer51
Words with Ruscha55
'... A Kind of a Huh?': An Interview with Edward Ruscha64
Feature Interview: Edward Ruscha73
A Conversation with Ed Ruscha82
Interview with Edward Ruscha in His Western Avenue, Hollywood Studio92
Ed Ruscha: An Interview210
L.A. Suggested by the Art of Edward Ruscha220
Ed Ruscha, Young Artist: Dead Serious about Being Nonsensical225
Catching Up with Ed Ruscha238
A Conversation with Edward Ruscha242
An Excerpt from "Art: L.A.R.T.: Edward Ruscha"247
"Interview with Edward Ruscha"250
"Premeditated: An Interview with Ed Ruscha"252
"A Few Words with Ed Ruscha"257
"Ed Ruscha: Goodbye to Vistas and All That"259
"Ed Ruscha"262
"Rebel with a Canvas: Ed Ruscha's Original Art Is Drawing Attention"269
"The Sentimental Musical Tastes of Ed Ruscha"272
"Ed Ruscha"274
"Ed Ruscha"281
"Hot Property"286
"An Interview with Edward Ruscha"288
"The Last Word"296
"Conversation with Ed Ruscha"300
"Getting a Read on Ed Ruscha"309
"A Conversation between Walter Hopps and Edward Ruscha, Who Have Known Each Other Since the Early 1960s, Took Place on September 26, 1992"312
"An Interview with Ed Ruscha," June 17, 1994329
"Pronounce His Name Rew-shay"332
"Panoramic Art at Library Elusive but Impressive"336
"Library Muralist Slow to Praise ..."338
"Art Museum, Library to Feature 'Word' According to Ruscha"339
"Hollywood Decks the Halls: Ed Ruscha"341
"The Return of a Native Son: Painter Ed Ruscha Resurfaces in L.A."342
"Confession in Chelsea"344
"Lightening Up the Getty"345
"From Ruscha with Light"353
"Seeing Things Age is a Form of Beauty: A Conversation with Ed Ruscha"355
"Collecting Our Thoughts"361
"The Weather of Prints: An Interview with Edward Ruscha," July 16, 1998362
Conversation with Edward Ruscha in His Studio, Venice, California, October 29, 1999370
"Profile: The Paintings of Ed Ruscha"379
Part 3Bits and Pages383
Notes431
Additional Sources437
Credits441
Index447

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