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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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Paint Loss
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Image
Location: Center
Notes: paint loss on upper center of "S"
Degree: Moderate
book shows wear around edges

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • The artist Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA Phillips de Pury & Company New York : Tuesday, November 09, 2010, [Lot 00435] Private Collection, USA
"Ed Ruscha: Vowels - Paintings on Book Covers", Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California, 11 September - 28 September 1996.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 8.38 x 2.25 in. (20.32 x 21.29 x 5.72 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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