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Tate Modern Artists: Ed Ruscha

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 “Good art should elicit a response of ‘Huh? Wow!’ as opposed to ‘Wow! Huh?’”—Ed Ruscha

American artist Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) is a master of creating art that is at once playful and profound. Ruscha’s inimitable work frequently involves the setting of a single word or phrase against a stained background or monumental landscape. His paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, books, and films were influential in the development of Pop Art, and ...

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Overview

 “Good art should elicit a response of ‘Huh? Wow!’ as opposed to ‘Wow! Huh?’”—Ed Ruscha

American artist Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) is a master of creating art that is at once playful and profound. Ruscha’s inimitable work frequently involves the setting of a single word or phrase against a stained background or monumental landscape. His paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, books, and films were influential in the development of Pop Art, and his stunning artist’s books continue to inspire up-and-coming artists today.

In this definitive overview of Ruscha’s career to date, Mary Richards traces the progression of the artist’s work across five decades. The book also focuses on Ruscha’s techniques, particularly his delicate drawings, prints using organic materials, and process of making art as documented in his notebooks. With stunning reproductions and new interview material, this thought-provoking book probes the internal logic of Ruscha’s oeuvre for words, images, and phrases that resurface time and again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854376237
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Tate Modern Artists Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Richards is a freelance writer and musician working at Tate in London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 'Ed-Werd Rew-Shay, Young Artist'

Noise, Pencil, Broken Pencil, Cheap Western 1963

2 'Artists Who Do Books'

(Every Building On) the Sunset Strip 1966

3 'Romance With Liquids' - Words and Objects in Space

Los Angeles County Museum on Fire 1965-8

4 'Sand in the Vaseline' - Ruscha's Materials

Works On Paper

5 'Talk About Space' - American Landscapes

Miami-Dade Public Library Commission, 1985-8

6 'Then and Now'

Course of Empire 2005

'Hollywood is a Verb': Ed Ruscha and Cinema

Notes

Biography

Index

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