December 16 Ed Ruscha

Happy Birthday Ed Ruscha!

Edward Ruscha (born December 16, 1937) U.S. artist

Read about Ed Ruscha here and here

“His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distil the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound.” – Gagosian Gallery

“[Ruscha’s works] are also sometimes surprisingly funny, in a laconic, Marcel Duchamp-meets-Clint Eastwood sort of way. Ruscha invented an entire artistic genre – one of several in his repertoire – that consists of nothing but words and phrases, floating in vaguely defined space.”
[Interview by Martin Gayford in the Telegraph September 25, 2009]

Books by Ed Ruscha include:

Pay Nothing Until April by Ed Ruscha

Pay Nothing Until April 2003

Vacant Lots by Ed Ruscha

See excerpts of Ed Ruscha’s illustration of Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road

Watch an interview with Ed Ruscha

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