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Ed Ruscha. Books and Paintings

The oeuvre of Ed Ruscha (born 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska) is difficult to classify. On the one hand, his early depictions of company logos, petrol stations and department stores are attributed to his recourse to signs and clichéd images from mass production and everyday Pop Art culture. On the other hand, he is primarily perceived as a conceptual artist due to his painted word pictures and published printed products with photographic illustrations. The book Twentysix Gasoline Stations from 1962, a photo series of 26 gas stations along the highway from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, is regarded as his first conceptual photographic project. On the Road, 2009, a design of text and photos based on Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel of the same name, is one of the most elaborate productions of this complex of works. His series of photographs document the arbitrariness of everyday architecture, expose the images in which text and image are intertwined or faded, the banality and the empty content of the emblems of commerce and the advertising world.

The work complex of painted or overpainted books as well as the representations of old folios with empty pages can be understood as the artist's commentary on the book as a potential carrier of information. At the same time, they refer to the overinformation to which the reader is exposed today.

Ed Ruscha's books, photographs and paintings from the Museum Brandhorst are presented to the public for the first time in this publication.

  • Edited byArmin Zweite
  • With contributions fromArmin Zweite
  • PublisherRichter Verlag, Düsseldorf
  • Format23,7 x 30 cm
  • Book format69 Pages | 28 Illustrations
  • DesignWalter Nikkels, Dordrecht
  • LanguageGerman & English
  • ISBN-No.978-3-9412-6357-4 (DE/EN)
  • Price14,95 Euro at the museum