DescriptionED RUSCHA (American, b. 1937)
Rustic Pines, 1967
Gunpowder on paper
13-1/4 x 21-3/4 inches (33.7 x 55.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Ed Ruscha 1967 and noted lower right: gp
Ed Ruscha, They Called Her Styrene, London, 2000, n.p. (illustrated in colors).
This lot will be included in a forthcoming volume of the catalogue raisonné of the drawings by Ed Ruscha.
Sheet size: 14.25 x 22.75 inches. Inscriptions: lower left margin, in graphite:"Ed Ruscha 1967"; lower right margin, in graphite:"gp". Signature: lower left margin noted above, in graphite: "Ed Ruscha" Blind stamp(s): top left corner, circular Strathmore Artist blind stamp. Residual adhesive from linen tape hinges on the reverse that has darkened and discolored. There is minor discoloration along the edges of the drawing. Condition The gunpowder medium is in good condition overall and well adhered to the primary paper support. There are planar distortions throughout as a result of being restrained along all four edges by the rabbet of the former metal frame. There is yellow discoloration and slight yellow spots along all four edges of the paper (visible only when unframed). There is a 1/8" burnished margin on all edges resulting from direct contact with the metal rabbet. Four regions of surface abrasion are visible in the top left and bottom left quadrants of the background. These regions have been locally retouched. It is possible that these were done at the time of creation of the object. There is a crease in the top right edge approximately 3 ½ inches in length. The crease is the result of contact with the former frame rabbet. Small fragments of yellow pressure sensitive tape, possibly used by the artist as a masking medium, are visible in the angular regions of the letters. These are visible under the microscope. There is adhesive residue in the top left and right corners of the reverse of the primary paper support. The adhesive is yellowed and embrittled overall. There is a minor foxing spot approximately 1 inch from the bottom of the letter in the downward stroke of the letter "e". There are striations and minor cuts in the primary paper support as a result of the artist's working technique. The cuts and striations are located along the edges of the letters where the image was laid out and possible masking material was applied and or trimmed. Framed Dimensions 25.5 X 33.75 Inches
Ruscha, Ed:American painter Edward Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska in December of 1937. He was heavily affiliated with the pop art movement, which was characterized by the integration of media concepts. Some of his peers included Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Phillip Hefferton. Not only was Ruscha a painter, but he was also a filmmaker, photographer, and printmaker. When he was growing up, he gained a passion for the world of Surrealism. He went to the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California, which is presently known as CalArts. At the institute, he had in-depth training in graphic design, painting, and photography. Ruscha was raised Roman Catholic. He had two siblings, a younger brother named Paul and an elder sister named Shelby. His father worked in auditing at an insurance agency. His mother deeply encouraged his passion and talents in the artistic realm. While Ruscha began his life in Nebraska, he resided in Oklahoma City for roughly 15 years. In 1956, he packed up and moved all the way to California, which is where he received his aforementioned artistic education. Ruscha's artwork can be found in prominent museums all around the globe. His work can be viewed at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, France and at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York, for a couple examples. LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in Los Angeles also features Ruscha. The museum boasts 300+ pieces by the artist. Ruscha has received ample recognition for his works. He was chosen as part of the Department of Art by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. The Royal Academy of Arts in London gave Ruscha the distinction of being an Honorary Royal Academician in 2004. His works have served as a major source of inspiration for many contemporary artists, whether in movies, graphic design or architecture. Ruscha's artwork is notable for illustrating items that seem to be ordinary and mundane at first, whether gas stations or posters on the street.
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