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Starting in the early sixties and continuing throughout his career, text has also played an integral role in Rushca’s art, exemplified here in “Vowel #113 (E)” from his series of single painted letters on various book covers. This work was completed in October 1996, right after Ruscha held an influential exhibition from September 11-28, 1996 at Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills. This work is a continuation of that series.

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: “Oct. 5, 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:
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 Phillips de Pury & Company New York : Tuesday, November 09, 2010, [Lot 00435] Private Collection, New York
  • 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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