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Ed Ruscha (American, b.1937)
LOT ID: 81332
Stews (from News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues), 1970

Screenprint, 9 Organic substances, on Silverbrook Snow White Antique Finish paper, cut edges
23.1 х 31.7 in. (58.67 x 80.52 cm.)
Signed, stamped, and dated "E. Ruscha 1970" in pencil lower left; numbered "81/125" in pencil lower left; inked workshop chop mark reverse lower left; inked workshop number stamped reverse lower right, "ea 689"
Print/Casting Year 1970
Edition 81/125 + 25 AP
Foundry/Publisher Editions Alecto, London, publisher; Alecto Studios, London, printed by Lyndon Haywood
Lot description
In the 1970s Ruscha went to London, invited by Editions Alecto to produce a suite of prints. He created this famous group of prints entitled, "News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues." The prints are a study in associated wordplay and show an evolution of the artist as he fuses his graphic work with concepts from his portfolio "Stains" of the late 1960s. "Stews" recalled Ruscha’s “idea of British cooking, with little rooms, smoky kitchens, and fireplaces.” To create this print, Ruscha experimented in printmaking with a wide array of organic substances chosen by the artist from a London supermarket and the celebrated Food Halls of Harrods. “Stews” is composed of nine organic substances printed in one run from one screen; crushed baked beans, caviar, fresh strawberries, cherry-pie filling, mango chutney, tomato paste, crushed daffodils, crushed tulips, and leaves.
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Stews (from News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues) by Ed Ruscha
  • Stews (from News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues) by Ed Ruscha
  • Stews (from News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues) by Ed Ruscha
  • Stews (from News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues) by Ed Ruscha
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