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Ed Ruscha

"I always had the most profound attachment for all which could not be explained."


Notes of biography

Edward Ruscha was born in 1937 in Ohama (Nebraska). Very soon, Ed Ruscha is into comics. After  taking graphism classes at the Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, 1956) with Robert Irwin (a minimalist artist), he moves towards painting. In 1957, Ed Ruscha discovers Jasper John's geometric series « Target ». In 1963, two exhibits presented in Los Angeles get him enthusiastic : « Duchamp » and « The family of Man » (realized by Edward Steichen »). He is influenced by Atget, Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Rauschenberg.
All these discoveries prompt him to stand back with pictural tradition. Influenced by Pop Art, Ed Ruscha's work is going to evolve. The artist tries out different techniques, works with series, takes pictures, writes books, shoots movies, realizes virtual paintings. In 2006, an exhibit at the Jeu de Paume (Paris) allows French public to meet more seriously with the artist's work and to take into account the diversity of his art.
Bibliography : « Catalogue raisonné of paintings », 4 Vol., W. Hopps et Yve-Alain Bois, Steidl Publishing, de 2004 à 2009 / « Editions 1959-1999 - Prints, Books, Misc. », Siri Engberg et Clive Phillpot, Ed. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Etats-Unis, 1999

Artists on display

The art and the artists display: proclamations, galleries, museums, personal or collective exhibitions. On walls or in shop windows, wise or rebels, posters warn, argue, show. Some were specially conceived by an artist for such or such event, other, colder, have only the letter.

Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

We are happy also to be able to greet, by this pages, mythical galleries as those of Denise René, Louis Carré, Claude Bernard, Berheim Jeune, Maeght, Pierre Loeb and others.


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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Ed Ruscha », Richard D. Marshall, Ed. Phaidon Press, 2003
  • « Then & Now, Hollywood Boulevard 1973-2004  », Ed Ruscha, Ed. Steidl, 2005
  • « Ed Ruscha - Photographer », M. Rowell, A. D. Weinberg, Ed. Steidl Verlag, 2006
  • « Ed Ruscha », Mary Richards, Ed. Tate Publishing, Londres, 2009
  • « Ed Ruscha's Los Angeles », Alexandra Schwartz, Ed. MIT Press, 2010
  • « Ed Ruscha: Fifty years of painting », J. Ellroy et autres, Distributed Art Pub., 2010
  • « Various Small Books  », Ed Ruscha, MIT Press, 2013
  • « E. R. & the great american west », K.Breuer, D. J. Waldie, U. of California Press, 2016
  • « E. R.: Extremes and In-betweens », Y.-A. Bois, B. Eastham, Ed. Gagosian / Rizzoli, 2017
  • « Metro Mattresses », Ed Ruscha, Sprüth Magers/Koenig Books, 2017
To read from the artist :
  • « Business Cards », E. Ruscha et B. Al Bengston, Ed Ruscha Editions, 1968
  • « Huit textes, vingt-trois entretiens », Ed. JRP/Ringier & la maison rouge, 2010
Website :
No website dedicated to the artist.

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Art movements

+ POP'ART / 1955-1970 / Pauline Boty, Sigmar Polke, Romero Britto, Tom Wesselmann, etc.
All art movements

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Beyond works currently in stock, it seemed to me useful to combine business with pleasure by letting you discover others works by artists in my gallery. These artworks, now sold or removed from our website, have been in our stock in the past.

These pages will undoubtedly make it possible for some of you to associate an image with its title or the other way round, for others it will be a good time to discover more on such and such artist. For the sake of confidentiality – the pieces being no longer available – we won't display neither their numbering or their price. For whatever reason, make sure to visit this amazing art database with to date 6441 online works just for your pleasure! Michelle Champetier

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