Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, 1963
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Gift of James Meeker, Class of 1958, in memory of Lee English, Class of 1958, scholar, poet, athlete and friend.
© Edward Ruscha
(B. 1937, Omaha, NE.)
Ed Ruscha’s paintings from the 1960s typically use a single word as an image in a manner that was quickly identifi ed as pop in terms of its dead-pan approach to the possible meanings to be gleaned from the appearance of a word or phrase like ”Annie” or ”Actual Size” on the surface of a painting. His numerous artist books, which ”document” such things as gas stations, small fi res, or L.A. apartments, have been hugely instrumental in defi ning what has been under-stood as an ”L.A. Look.”
1956–60 Chouinard Art Institute, L.A.
First solo show:
1963 Ferus Gallery, L.A.
First group show:
1960 Oklahoma City Art Center, OK.
2004 The Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A.; 2005 United States Pavilion, 51 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 2008 Gagosian Gallery, London.