ED 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
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
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