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Ed Ruscha

Photographs

March 20–April 19, 2003
Beverly Hills

Ed Ruscha: Photographs Installation view, photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Ed Ruscha: Photographs

Installation view, photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Works Exhibited

Ed Ruscha, Ross the Rooster, 1960 Unique gelatin silver print, 14 × 11 inches (35.6 × 27.9 cm)© Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Ross the Rooster, 1960

Unique gelatin silver print, 14 × 11 inches (35.6 × 27.9 cm)
© Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Palm Springs (Bowtie Landscapes), 2003 Pigmented inkjet print, 21 ½ × 43 inches (54.6 × 109.2 cm), edition of 35

Ed Ruscha, Palm Springs (Bowtie Landscapes), 2003

Pigmented inkjet print, 21 ½ × 43 inches (54.6 × 109.2 cm), edition of 35

Ed Ruscha, Twin Palms, 1965/2003 Gelatin silver print, Image: 7 ⅜ × 7 ⅜ inches (18.7 × 18.7 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, Twin Palms, 1965/2003

Gelatin silver print, Image: 7 ⅜ × 7 ⅜ inches (18.7 × 18.7 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, St. Tropez, 1965/2003 Gelatin silver print, Image: 7 ⅜ × 7 ⅜ inches (18.7 × 18.7 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, St. Tropez, 1965/2003

Gelatin silver print, Image: 7 ⅜ × 7 ⅜ inches (18.7 × 18.7 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, Palm Tree #3, 1971/2003 Gelatin silver print, Image: 10 × 10 inches (25.4 × 25.4 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, Palm Tree #3, 1971/2003

Gelatin silver print, Image: 10 × 10 inches (25.4 × 25.4 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, Spam, 1961/2003 Gelatin silver print, Image: 13 × 10 inches (33 × 25.4 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, Spam, 1961/2003

Gelatin silver print, Image: 13 × 10 inches (33 × 25.4 cm), edition of 8

Ed Ruscha, Knox Less, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1962 Gelatin silver print, image: 4 ¾ × 5 ¾ inches (12.1 × 14.6 cm), unique© Ed Ruscha. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Ed Ruscha, Knox Less, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1962

Gelatin silver print, image: 4 ¾ × 5 ¾ inches (12.1 × 14.6 cm), unique
© Ed Ruscha. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio

Ed Ruscha, Joe’s Plymouth, 1960 Gelatin silver print, image: 14 × 6 inches (35.6 × 15.2 cm), unique© Ed Ruscha. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker

Ed Ruscha, Joe’s Plymouth, 1960

Gelatin silver print, image: 14 × 6 inches (35.6 × 15.2 cm), unique
© Ed Ruscha. Photo: © Douglas M. Parker

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Ed Ruscha. Although most of the featured photographs were originally used in the creation of Ruscha’s books (1963–78), the artist has printed several new images from his numerous negatives and contact sheets in preparation for this exhibition.

Ed Ruscha began taking photographs while a student at the Chouinard School in Los Angeles in 1959. The artist’s conceptual use of photography in books takes its cue from the livres d’artiste made by such artists as Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall. However, Ruscha’s books mark a significant departure from traditional formats as they are assembled but not composed, clean but not slick, and were meant for broad distribution.

Ed Ruscha’s books document the artist’s surroundings and journeys “on the road” between 1963 and 1978. The first book, Twentysix Gasoline Stations, was inspired by a journey along Route 66 between Ruscha’s native Oklahoma and Los Angeles. Primarily visual, the books are composed of series of nondescript photographs that follow seemingly basic and random thematic guidelines such as “gasoline stations,” “apartment buildings,” “swimming pools,” “vinyl records,” “palm trees,” and even “burning small fires.”

These books marked the beginning of Ruscha’s conceptual foray into photographic documentation and book making, which has continued to be an important aspect of his body of work.