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Ed Ruscha

Eilshemius & Me

June 18–August 2, 2019
Davies Street, London

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Installation view with work by Ed Ruscha (left, center, right) and Louis Michel Eilshemius Artwork, left, center, and right: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Ed Ruscha (left, center, right) and Louis Michel Eilshemius

Artwork, left, center, and right: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Ed Ruscha (left, center, right) and Louis Michel Eilshemius Artwork, left, center, and right: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Ed Ruscha (left, center, right) and Louis Michel Eilshemius

Artwork, left, center, and right: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Louis Michel Eilshemius (left, right) and Ed Ruscha Artwork, center: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Louis Michel Eilshemius (left, right) and Ed Ruscha

Artwork, center: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Louis Michel Eilshemius (left) and Ed Ruscha Artwork, right: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Louis Michel Eilshemius (left) and Ed Ruscha

Artwork, right: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view

Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Louis Michel Eilshemius (left, center) and Ed Ruscha Artwork, right: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view with work by Louis Michel Eilshemius (left, center) and Ed Ruscha

Artwork, right: © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view

Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view

Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view Artwork © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Installation view

Artwork © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Joanna Fernandes

Works Exhibited

Louis Michel Eilshemius, Untitled (Nude in a Landscape), c. 1909–13 Oil on canvas board, 12 × 11 ½ inches (30.5 × 29.3 cm), collection of Ed and Danna Ruscha

Louis Michel Eilshemius, Untitled (Nude in a Landscape), c. 1909–13

Oil on canvas board, 12 × 11 ½ inches (30.5 × 29.3 cm), collection of Ed and Danna Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Spied Upon Scene, 2017 Acrylic on museum board paper, 40 × 60 inches (101.6 × 152.4 cm)© Ed Ruscha. Photo: Jeff McLane

Ed Ruscha, Spied Upon Scene, 2017

Acrylic on museum board paper, 40 × 60 inches (101.6 × 152.4 cm)
© Ed Ruscha. Photo: Jeff McLane

About

The important mission of the artist is to portray scenes which the layman neglects to see in nature; to show beauties which the public never think of beholding; and to imbue his paintings with a thought that is not commonplace. In short, he must uplift the spectator’s mind to higher planes.
Louis Michel Eilshemius

It’s not to create a picture frame, but to create an idea, to focus on a trapped vision. . . . 
Ed Ruscha

Gagosian is pleased to present Ed Ruscha: Eilshemius & Me, an exhibition of works by Ed Ruscha and Louis Michel Eilshemius (1864–1941).

In 2017, Ruscha began Spied Upon Scene, a series depicting majestic mountainscapes that resemble the idyllic ranges of travel books, postcards, adventure movies, or the Paramount Pictures logo. The series descends from his earlier Mountain Paintings, in which inscrutable phrases, laid over the mountain images, become a wry and physical presence in the landscape. The mountains of Spied Upon Scene, however, are partially restricted from view, visible only through oval-shaped lenses or window grids. Like the Mountain Paintings, they seem to refer to the nineteenth-century tradition of the American Sublime; in fact, their lineage includes an obscure American painter from the turn of the century, Louis Michel Eilshemius, whose use of painted frames became an influence on Ruscha’s own approach.

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Louis Michel Eilshemius
Ed Ruscha

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A painting with gold frame by Louis Michel Eilshemius. Landscape with single figure.

Eilshemius and Me: An Interview with Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha tells Viet-Nu Nguyen and Leta Grzan how he first encountered Louis Michel Eilshemius’s paintings, which of the artist’s aesthetic innovations captured his imagination, and how his own work relates to and differs from that “Neglected Marvel,” Eilshemius.

The cover of the Fall 2019 Gagosian Quarterly magazine. Artwork by Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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The artist Ed Ruscha discussing his work.

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Anselm Kiefer, Maginot, 1977–93.

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Course of Empire

Course of Empire

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