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Ed Ruscha (American, b.1937)
LOT ID: 95934
Not a Vowel #72 (S), 1996

Acrylic, on book cover
4.5 х 4 х 0.75 in. (11.43 x 10.16 x 1.9 cm.)
Signed, and dated, “Aug. 20, 1996, Ed Ruscha” inside on the first page.
Lot description
Starting in the early sixties and continuing throughout his career, text has played an integral role in Rushca’s art, exemplified here in “Not a Vowel #72 (S)” from his series of single painted letters on various book covers. This work was completed in August 1996, and exhibited from September 11-28, 1996 at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills. The exhibition titled, “Ed Ruscha: Vowels – Paintings on Book Covers” benefited the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS and AIDS Project Los Angeles.

This work measures 4.5 x 4 x 3/4 inches unframed. It is framed in a plexi-glass shadow box measuring 8 x 8 3/8 x 2 ¼ inches. It is signed and dated inside on the first page: “Aug. 20, 1996, Ed Ruscha”

Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937) was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (1960). A highly acclaimed artist, he has had recent solo exhibitions at The Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Gagosian Gallery (New York, NY), Brandhorst Museum (Munich, Germany), Kunstmuseum (Basel, Switzerland), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Tate Gallery (London, England), Peter Lund Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and Kunsthaus Bregenz (Bregenz, Austria). Ruscha lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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