Ed Ruscha: ‘Cheese Mold Standard with Olive’, 1969, Screenprint in colours, signed, dated and numbered by the artist, edition of 150, size: 65.4 x 101.7 cm / 7 25¾ x 40 in. Price Upon Request
About this artwork
From its first appearance in his artist’s book Twentysix Gasoline Stations and its subsequent translation into a masterpiece of American painting in 1964 as Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, the Standard gasoline station is arguably Ruscha’s most iconic image. Its stations ubiquitous across 20th Century America, John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil was at one point the largest company in the world. Even when broken up by the federal government into seven smaller companies, “Baby Standard” gasoline stations continued to line Route 66 from Los Angeles to Ruscha’s family home in Oklahoma City until 1984, when the brand became Chevron. Ruscha recorded two of these stations in Twentysix Gasoline Stations, which promoted his interest in closely observing the banal and the mundane, the taken-for-granted and the overlooked. Taking a rather unremarkable source photograph, Ruscha transforms it with a radical foreshortening which centres the composition around a plunging diagonal line creating his idealised “standard” gasoline station.
About the Artist
Ed Ruscha (born 1937, Omaha, Nebraska) has made pioneering work in the media of painting, printmaking, drawing, bookmaking, photography and film since 1958. Associated in the early 1960s with the Ferus Gallery, Ruscha was included in Walter Hopps’ landmark Pop art show New Painting of Common Objects, at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1962. Transforming words into icons and images into wide-screen epics, Ed Ruscha has wholly reconceived the terms of painting for our era. Tagged variously as a Conceptualist, Pop artist or latter-day Surrealist, Ruscha flouts category, or rather incorporates all categories, always surprising and experimenting with both subject and method. His paintings are steeped in our times: cinema, advertising, logos, late capitalism and the twists and turns of postwar art have all informed his iconography since the early 1960s, arriving on the cool surfaces of his canvases with magnetic detachment. Ruscha eschews process and focuses exclusively on the final product: “the means to the end has always been secondary in my art,” he has said. Ruscha has also reinvented the use of words in art, finding disquieting ways to invest language with a weird, throbbing, ambient static, never aspiring to what he calls “word gestures,” since “each word is an excursion unto itself.”
More Artwork by Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha: ‘ Mocha Standard”, 1969, Screenprint in colours on wove paper, edition of 100, signed, dated and numbered by the artist, size:63.2 x 101.6 cm / 24¾ x 40 in. Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha: “Standard Station, Mocha Standard, Cheese Mold Standard with Olive, Double Standard”, 1966-1969, screenprint in colours on wove paper, edition of 50/ 150 / 100 / 40, signed, dated and numbered by the artist, size each: 63.2 x 101.6 cm / 24¾ x 40 in. Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha: ‘Two People Temporarily Separated’ 1980, screeonprint on R.K.Burt paper: cut, torn, and deckle edges, signed and dated in pencil lower right, “Ed Ruscha 1980” numbered in pencil lower left, workshop chop mark lower right, size: 49.5 x 99 cm (19.5 x 39 ins), edition of 55 + Proofs: 5 AP. Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha:’Pepto-Caviar Hollywood’, 1970, Screenprint, signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin, edition of 50, plus proofs, sheet size: 38 x 109 cm /15 x 42 3/8 inches, Catalogue raisonné: Engberg 42, Publisher: Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles, Printer: Cirrus Editions. Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha: ‘Further Landmark Decay’, 2006, Color lithograph, signed and dated on lower right and numbered on lower left recto, edition of 50, size: 9.00 x 13.00 in / 22,9 x 33 cm. Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha: ‘Ship’, 1986, Lithograph, signed and numbered, edition of 30, size: 45 x 33 7/8 inches – 114,3 x 83,8 cm. Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha: ‘Gallo’, 1988, signed and numbered, edition of 30, size: 29 3/4 x 22 inches – 76 x 56 cm. Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha: ‘Thinks I, To Myself’, 2017, 3 color lithograph, signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin, edition of 80, plus proofs, sheet size: 32.5 x 53.5 cm / 12.75 X 21, Co-published with Royal Academy of Art. Price € 6.600,- Order Here!
Characteristically, Ruscha layers text over his imagery presenting deadpan, ambiguous statements or questions. ‘Thinks I, To Myself’ follows his celebrated exhibition of new paintings ‘Extremes and In-Betweens’ (Gagosian Gallery, 2016) where the artist stencilled phrases over images of monumental mountain ranges. This new work’s text appears to be racing past the viewer, perhaps a reflection on the rapidly moving, turbulent climate in Ruscha’s home country. It takes its title from the 1827 book by Edward Nares, described as a ‘a serio-ludicro, tragico-comico tale’.
“Thinks I to Myself has always sounded vaguely Shakespearean. I have been saying it for years. But upon researching, I see it coming from an Edward Nares book of the same title (1812). But with the mysteries of language, it could possibly be traced back to the Bard.”
Ed Ruscha: ‘Real Deal’, 2014. Flat bite etching printed in blue, signed and numbered by the artist, edition of 40, image size: 29½ x 25½ in / 75 x 65 cm. Paper Size: 36½ x 31½ in / 93 x 80 cm. Publisher: Crown Point Press – Printer: Emily York. Price € 7.800,- Order Here!
Ed Ruscha: ‘Real Deal’, 2014. Flat bite etching printed in red, signed and numbered by the artist, edition of 40, image size: 29½ x 25½ in / 75 x 65 cm. Paper Size: 36½ x 31½ in / 93 x 80 cm. Publisher: Crown Point Press – Printer: Emily York. Price € 7.800,- Order Here!
Ed Ruscha: ‘Real Deal’, 2014. Flat bite etching printed in grey, signed and numbered by the artist, edition of 40, image size: 29½ x 25½ in / 75 x 65 cm. Paper Size: 36½ x 31½ in / 93 x 80 cm. Publisher: Crown Point Press – Printer: Emily York. Price € 7.800,- Order Here!
Ed Ruscha: ‘Definite from the That is Right portfolio’, 1989, Lithograph, numbered in lower left and initialed and dated lower right, edition of 30, image size: 5 x 6 7/8 inches (12.7 x 17.5 cm), paper size: 9 x 11 inches (22.9 x 28 cm). Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha: ‘We the People’, 2012, 2-color lithograph, signed and numbered, edition of 250, size: 14.00 x 14.00 in / 35.6 x 35.6 cm. Price: € 4.500,- Order Here!
Ed Ruscha: ‘Archi-Props’, 1993-1997, set of eight lithographs on Rives BFK white paper, signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left in graphite on each sheet, edition of 20, Image size: 4 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches each (12.1 x 14 cm each), Paper size: 11 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches each (28.6 x 38.4 cm each), Frame size: 12 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches each (31.8 x 41.3 cm each). Price upon Request
Ed Ruscha: ‘Noose Around Your Neck’, 2001, Four color photogravure with screenprinted text, signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left, edition of 60, image size: 12 x 9 1/8 in / 30.5 x 23.2 cm, paper size: 18 x 14 in / 45.7 x 35.6 cm. Price Upon Request
Ed Ruscha: ‘Ice’, 1990, color offset lithograph, signed in ballpoint by the artist, edition number unknown, size: 55 x 41 cm / 21.7 x 16.1 in. Price € 1.900,- Order Here!
Ed Ruscha: ‘Road Tested’, 2011, 2 x Inkjet prints on 330 g/m2 Somerset Satin enhanced paper, signed by the artist and numbered, edition of 38, size each: 8 x 10 in / 20 x 25 cm. Price € 3.900,- Order Here!