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I’m interested in glorifying something that we in the world would say doesn’t deserve being glorified. Something that’s forgotten, focused on as though it were some sort of sacred object.
—Ed Ruscha

Gagosian is pleased to present Dedication Stones, a special exhibition of new drawings by Ed Ruscha in Saanen, Switzerland.

In an oeuvre spanning more than fifty years, Ruscha employs a distinctively American lexicon of images, words, and signs in works across a broad range of mediums. Presenting a litany of familiar icons including snow-capped mountains and the American flag, he applies a wry verbal and visual wit to his chosen subjects, exploring the frequent disconnect between ideas and their expression, and celebrating the beauty of what he calls “everyday noise.”

In each of the Dedication Stones drawings, Ruscha renders a different short word or symbol containing the letter x, which for him represents the ultimate variable, an endlessly adaptable surrogate for other ideas. It is also a literal component of the various terms and names he illustrates—Bix, Mix, Fix, Tax, and so on—the use of similar-sounding words recalling Ruscha’s screen-print portfolio News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues (1970). Viewed and read sequentially, the words also prompt a staccato enunciation that begins to supersede their established meanings.

Flags

Flags

Gillian Pistell writes on the loaded symbol of the American flag in the work of postwar and contemporary artists.

Donald Marron

Donald Marron

Jacoba Urist profiles the legendary collector.

The Art History of Presidential Campaign Posters

The Art History of Presidential Campaign Posters

Against the backdrop of the 2020 US presidential election, historian Hal Wert takes us through the artistic and political evolution of American campaign posters, from their origin in 1844 to the present. In an interview with Quarterly editor Gillian Jakab, Wert highlights an array of landmark posters and the artists who made them.

“Things Fall Apart”: Ed Ruscha’s Swiped Words

“Things Fall Apart”: Ed Ruscha’s Swiped Words

Lisa Turvey examines the range of effects conveyed by the blurred phrases in recent drawings by the artist, detailing the ways these words in motion evoke the experience of the current moment.

Artists’ Magazines

Artists’ Magazines

Gwen Allen recounts her discovery of cutting-edge artists’ magazines from the 1960s and 1970s and explores the roots and implications of these singular publications.

Eilshemius and Me: An Interview with Ed Ruscha

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 of this “Neglected Marvel.”

The River Café Cookbook

The River Café Cookbook

London’s River Café, a culinary mecca perched on a bend in the River Thames, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2018. To celebrate this milestone and the publication of her cookbook River Café London, cofounder Ruth Rogers sat down with Derek Blasberg to discuss the famed restaurant’s allure.

Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.

Ed Ruscha: A Long Way from Oklahoma

Ed Ruscha: A Long Way from Oklahoma

In conjunction with his exhibition VERY at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, Ed Ruscha sat down with Kasper Bech Dyg to discuss his work.

For Notre-Dame

For Notre-Dame

An exhibition at Gagosian, Paris, is raising funds to aid in the reconstruction of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris following the devastating fire of April 2019. Gagosian directors Serena Cattaneo Adorno and Jean-Olivier Després spoke to Jennifer Knox White about the generous response of artists and others, and what the restoration of this iconic structure means across the world.

Veil and Vault

Veil and Vault

An exhibition at the Broad in Los Angeles prompts James Lawrence to examine how artists give shape and meaning to the passage of time, and how the passage of time shapes our evolving accounts of art.

Course of Empire

Course of Empire

Ed Ruscha sat down with Tom McCarthy and Elizabeth Kornhauser, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to discuss the nineteenth-century artist Thomas Cole, whose Course of Empire paintings inspired a series of works by Ruscha more than a century later.

Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2018

Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2018

The Winter 2018 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available. Our cover this issue comes from High Times, a new body of work by Richard Prince.

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2018

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 Gagosian Quarterly with a cover by Ed Ruscha is now available for order.

Ed Ruscha and Joanne Northrup

In Conversation
Ed Ruscha and Joanne Northrup

Ed Ruscha sat down with JoAnne Northrup of the Nevada Museum of Art to discuss the exhibition Unsettled, which the two co-curated.

Art and Food

Art and Food

Mary Ann Caws and Charles Stuckey discuss the presence of food and the dining table in the history of modern art.

Desire

Desire

Diana Widmaier Picasso, curator of the exhibition Desire, reflects on the history of eroticism in art.

Ruscha

Spotlight
Ruscha

Ed Ruscha’s Burning Gas Station (1965–66) was a game changer. Text by Larry Gagosian.

Ed Ruscha: On the Highline

Ed Ruscha: On the Highline

The High Line Art Program’s Cecilia Alemani discusses Ed Ruscha’s mural.

Cover of the book Ed Ruscha: Tom Sawyer Paintings

Ed Ruscha: Tom Sawyer Paintings

$65
Ed Ruscha: Castiron Calendar print

Ed Ruscha: Castiron Calendar

$12,000
Cover of the catalogue raisoné Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper: Volume Three 1998–2018

Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper: Volume Three, 1998–2018

From $200
Cover of the book Ed Ruscha: An Archive of Projects

Ed Ruscha: An Archive of Projects

$125
Ed Ruscha: Science Is Truth Found Out (RED)ition Winter 2022 Scarf

Ed Ruscha: Science Is Truth Found Out (RED)ition Winter 2022 Scarf

$1,200
Cover of the book Ed Ruscha: Dedication Stones

Ed Ruscha: Dedication Stones

$50
Ed Ruscha: Mysteries lithograph

Ed Ruscha: Mysteries

$50,000
Cover of the book Ed Ruscha: Paintings

Ed Ruscha: Paintings

$65
Cover of the book Ed Ruscha: Eilshemius & Me

Ed Ruscha: Eilshemius & Me

$70