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Ed Ruscha (American, b.1937)
LOT ID: 20162
PREPARATIONS, 1974

Pastel, on paper
11.25 х 28.75 in. (28.58 x 73.03 cm.)
Signed, and dated on the reverse.
Lot description
Ed Ruscha
PREPERATIONS, 1974
Pastel on paper
11.25 x 28.75 in
28.58 x 47.63 cm

Edward Ruscha, born in 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska, is an American Pop artist known for his paintings, prints, drawings, photography and film. In 1962 Ruscha’s work was included in the groundbreaking and historically important exhibition entitled “New Painting of Common Objects” at the Pasadena Art Museum along with other legendary Pop artists, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Jim Dine, and Wayne Thiebaud. The 1970s were a very fertile period for the California artist Ed Ruscha. In 1972 he had his first major works on paper exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He was chosen by the Venice Biennale as the focus of their graphics workshop and during this period he continued experimenting with different media.

This is an early, ultra rare, seldom seen pastel on paper by world famous artist Ed Ruscha entitled 'PREPARATIONS" from 1974. The work is hand signed and dated on the reverse and measures approx. 11-1/4X28-3/4". The work is framed in the original Leo Castelli, welded aluminum frame, which has been cleaned & repolished along with a new sheet of 100% UV plexi-glas. Both the artwork and frame are in pristine condition...

*This work will be included in the forthcoming Edward Ruscha catalog raisonne of works on paper, Vol II. 1970-1989, editied by Dr. Ranier Crone & Dr. Petrus Schaesberg.

Provenance:
Leo Castelli Gallery, NY. (Label verso)
Galerie Georges Lavrov, Paris
International Art Resources Inc. California

Exhibition:
Max Lang Gallery 'High Contrast' October 31 - December 12, 2009; New York.

Publications:
Phaidon (ed.), Ed Ruscha 'They Called Her Styrene' London 2000 illustrated in colour.


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