Ed Ruscha’s photography, drawing, painting, and artist books record the shifting emblems of American life in the last half century. 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. Ruscha’s wry choice of words and phrases, which feature heavily in his work, draw upon the moments of incidental ambiguity implicit in the interplay between the linguistic signifier and the concept signified. Although his images are undeniably rooted in the vernacular of a closely observed American reality, his elegantly laconic art speaks to more complex and widespread issues regarding the appearance, feel, and function of the world and our tenuous and transient place within it.

 

Ed Ruscha, Photo © Gary Regester
Edward Ruscha
Omaha, 1937
USA

Past Exhibitions

Life World. Photography from the CIAC Collection

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
27/02/2017 — 30/04/2017

Steidl Deck: 1001 Steidl Books

Deck
07/04/2016 — 22/05/2016

2050. A Brief History of the Future

Palazzo Reale
23/03/2016 — 29/05/2016

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Omaha Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1937