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Mary Weatherford, Sunset, Western Cape, 2020 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Auction

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk
Benefit Auction 2021

April 28–May 12, 2021

Venice Family Clinic presents its annual benefit auction, a fundraising event whose proceeds will provide essential health care services to people in the community regardless of their income, immigration, or insurance status. Since its inception forty years ago, this charity event has raised more than $23 million. This year’s auction, hosted on Artsy, is honoring Mary Weatherford as the “signature artist” and features more than two hundred works by nationally recognized contemporary artists, including Piero Golia, Ed Ruscha, Robert Therrien, as well as Weatherford. To register to bid, visit artsy.net.

Mary Weatherford, Sunset, Western Cape, 2020 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Ed Ruscha, Shoot from Sunset Blvd, 1966, Streets of Los Angeles Archive, Getty Research Institute © Ed Ruscha

Talk

12 Sunsets
Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive

Monday, December 14, 2020, 2pm EST (11am PST)

As part of Gagosian’s Building a Legacy program, Andrew Perchuk, deputy director at the Getty Research Institute, and Rani Singh, director of special projects at Gagosian, will take viewers through the interactive website 12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive. Launched by the Getty in October 2020, the site allows users to browse more than sixty-five thousand photographs of Sunset Boulevard taken by Ed Ruscha between 1965 and 2007. The photographs are drawn from Ruscha’s Streets of Los Angeles Archive at the Getty, which presents a unique view of one of LA’s quintessential streets over the past fifty years. The pair will discuss how the Getty acquired the archive, the digitization and website creation processes, and the importance of this collection in understanding the artist’s oeuvre. To conclude, cultural historian Josh Kun will speak about the musical legacy of Sunset Boulevard and discuss a few of Ruscha’s photographs with an accompanying song to reveal the music behind each location. To join, register at zoom.us.

Ed Ruscha, Shoot from Sunset Blvd, 1966, Streets of Los Angeles Archive, Getty Research Institute © Ed Ruscha

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.57), 2020 © Mark Grotjahn

Support

The Kitchen
Ice and Fire: A Benefit Exhibition in Three Parts

October 15, 2020–March 23, 2021

The benefit exhibition Ice and Fire features works by more than forty artists who have enduring relationships with the Kitchen in New York. Installed within the organization’s three-story space in Chelsea, which is currently closed due to the global pandemic, the three-part exhibition is viewable online. Proceeds from sales will go toward a planned renovation on the occasion of the Kitchen’s fiftieth anniversary, ensuring that the nonprofit space will remain a platform for artistic experimentation in its historic and beloved building. Work by Cecily Brown, Roe Ethridge, Mark Grotjahn, Alex Israel, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon, Mary Weatherford, and Christopher Wool is included.

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.57), 2020 © Mark Grotjahn

Ed Ruscha, The Future, 1999 © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Jeff McLane

Exhibition

The Future

November 30, 2020–January 31, 2021
gagosian-deitch.com

Gagosian is pleased to announce The Future, the sixth in a series of annual thematic exhibitions presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch during Art Basel Miami Beach. Previously staged at the historic Moore Building in the Miami Design District, this year the collaborative project will be hosted on a new stand-alone website.

Ed Ruscha, The Future, 1999 © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Jeff McLane

Katharina Grosse, Shake Before Using, 2020 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2020

Support

Artist Plate Project
Coalition for the Homeless

November 16–December 14, 2020

Gagosian is pleased to support the Coalition for the Homeless’s Artist Plate Project fundraiser. Artwork by fifty artists, including Cecily Brown, Katharina Grosse, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Sarah Sze, Andy Warhol, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool, is featured on limited-edition dinner plates produced by Prospect and made available through Artware Editions to support the Coalition’s lifesaving programs. All of the funds raised by the sale of the plates will provide food, crisis services, housing, and other critical aid to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and instability. The purchase of one plate can feed seventy-five homeless and hungry New Yorkers.

Katharina Grosse, Shake Before Using, 2020 © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2020

Sterling Ruby, ASHTRAY 499, 2018 © Sterling Ruby

Auction

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Benefit Auction 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 9pm edt

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents its biennial art auction, a fundraising event featuring both live and silent auctions hosted by Artsy. Donated works by early career and internationally recognized artists, including Sterling Ruby and Ed Ruscha, will be available. All proceeds support MCASD exhibitions and acquisitions. The live auction begins at 9pm edt on October 14, and the silent auction closes on October 15 at 8pm edt. To register to bid for both auctions, visit artsy.net.

Sterling Ruby, ASHTRAY 499, 2018 © Sterling Ruby

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Announcements

Still from “Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists: Ed Ruscha and Rachel Kushner”

Video

Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists
Ed Ruscha and Rachel Kushner

In the third episode of Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists, novelist Rachel Kushner and Ed Ruscha share memories of Kathy Acker and Walter Hopps, talk about their love of vintage cars, and enjoy a good pun. Rachel Kushner’s The Hard Crowd: Essays, 2000–2010 will be released on April 6 and Ed Ruscha: OKLA, the artist’s first solo exhibition in his home state, is on view at the Oklahoma Contemporary through July 5. Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists brings together luminaries in the fields of art and literature to have the conversations they themselves wish to have. This biweekly web series is a joint production of Artforum and Bookforum, and is sponsored by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

Still from “Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists: Ed Ruscha and Rachel Kushner”

Ed Ruscha, Cesar Chavez and North Broadway, 2007, Streets of Los Angeles Archive, Getty Research Institute © Ed Ruscha

Launch

12 Sunsets
Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive at the Getty Research Institute

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) has launched 12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive, an interactive website that allows users to browse more than sixty-five thousand photographs of Sunset Boulevard taken by Ed Ruscha between 1965 and 2007. The website allows users to “drive” down a digitally composited representation of this key urban artery, as well as to view, search, and compare geotagged photographs. The photographs are part of Ed Ruscha’s Streets of Los Angeles Archive, a trove of five hundred thousand photographs, notes, drawings, and records documenting the artist’s photography of Los Angeles, which was acquired by the GRI in 2012.

Ed Ruscha, Cesar Chavez and North Broadway, 2007, Streets of Los Angeles Archive, Getty Research Institute © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha. Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Online Exclusive

Artist Spotlight
Ed Ruscha to kick off new season of Gagosian’s online series

Launching September 16, 2020

Gagosian is unveiling a new vision for the Artist Spotlight series that will operate independently of our exhibition program. This will cement the platform’s status as a vibrant aspect of the gallery’s programming that allows artists to operate imaginatively beyond the physical exhibition format.

The second season of Artist Spotlight—a series that focuses on an individual artist for one week each month—premieres on September 16, 2020, with a new project by legendary artist Ed Ruscha. A selection of works by preeminent artists—including John Currin, Takashi Murakami, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Rachel Whiteread—will debut this fall. For updates, please contact the gallery at collecting@gagosian.com.

Ed Ruscha. Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Ed Ruscha, EE-NUF!, 2020 © Ed Ruscha

Support

Ed Ruscha
EE-NUF!

Ed Ruscha has created a limited-edition print and an accompanying poster, titled EE-NUF!, to support the People for the American Way’s (PFAW) campaign ENOUGH of Trump. The design features a “fast track” display at how Trump has worked to destroy our democracy. PFAW is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity, and justice for all.

The print and poster are available for purchase at the Gagosian Shop.

Ed Ruscha, EE-NUF!, 2020 © Ed Ruscha

Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Award

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha will be presented with the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medal in honor of his work as a painter, draftsman, photographer, and bookmaker. The event will take place at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on September 16, 2019.

Photo: Sten Rosenlund

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Video

Ed Ruscha
Words Have No Size

In this January 2016 interview for the Louisiana Channel, Ed Ruscha speaks about how his interests led him away from Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism to work with common objects and words.

Ed Ruscha

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Museum Exhibitions

Ewa Juszkiewicz, Untitled (After Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun), 2020 © Ewa Juszkiewicz

On View

Face à Arcimboldo

Through November 22, 2021
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

This exhibition, whose title translates to Arcimboldo Face to Face, invites visitors to explore the timeless vocabulary of the sixteenth-century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (c. 1527–1593). The show demonstrates how his work has influenced art history for more than four centuries through the work of 130 artists, including work by Francis Bacon, Glenn Brown, Alex Israel, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Ed Ruscha.

Ewa Juszkiewicz, Untitled (After Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun), 2020 © Ewa Juszkiewicz

Ed Ruscha, No Son Open Book, 2003 © Ed Ruscha

On View

Portals

Through December 31, 2021
NEON, Athens
neon.org.gr

Portals brings together fifty-nine artists from twenty-seven countries in the newly renovated spaces of the former Public Tobacco Factory, now the Hellenic Parliament Library and Printing House. Inspired by writer Arundhati Roy’s conception of the COVID-19 pandemic as a “portal, a gateway between one world and the next,” the exhibition aims to investigate the new reality revealed through the prism of change and disruption. Work by Ed Ruscha and Adriana Varejão is included.

Ed Ruscha, No Son Open Book, 2003 © Ed Ruscha

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2002 © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

On View

Hey! Did you know that art does not exist

Through January 7, 2022
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
www.tamuseum.org.il

This exhibition presents more than one hundred works from Sylvio Perlstein’s intensely personal collection, which traces artists and trends that have defined the avant-garde, complex, and experimental nature of twentieth-century art. Work by Jean-Michel BasquiatDuane HansonRoy LichtensteinMan RayBrice Marden, Ed RuschaRudolf Stingel, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol is included.

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2002 © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi

Ed Ruscha, Double Standard #36/40, 1969 © Ed Ruscha

On View

On the Edge
Los Angeles Art, 1970s–1990s, from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection

Through January 8, 2022
Bakersfield Museum of Art, California
www.bmoa.org

This exhibition highlights 150 works from the collection of Joan and Jack Quinn, which was primarily amassed between the 1970s and the 1990s. Many of their holdings were collected directly from the artists and have never changed hands or been shown publicly. The artworks they were drawn to are defined by a spirit of nonconformity, a play of new materials, a celebration of light, and the “California cool” ethos. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Gehry, and Ed Ruscha is included.

Ed Ruscha, Double Standard #36/40, 1969 © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Angry Because It’s Plaster, Not Milk, 1965 © Ed Ruscha

On View

Ed Ruscha

Opened November 1, 2018
The Broad, Los Angeles
www.thebroad.org

An installation of sixteen works by Ed Ruscha is presented at the Broad. The museum is temporarily closed due to the ongoing health crisis. 

Ed Ruscha, Angry Because It’s Plaster, Not Milk, 1965 © Ed Ruscha

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: Artist Rooms, Tate Modern, London, July 26, 2019–July 18, 2021. Artwork © Ed Ruscha. Photo © Tate (Oliver Cowling)

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Ed Ruscha
Artist Rooms

Through July 18, 2021
Tate Modern, London
www.tate.org.uk

This display reflects the range of Ed Ruscha’s practice, including paintings, prints, and photographic books, through artworks spanning sixty years of the artist’s career. Full of irony and humor, his works can often be interpreted as commentaries on American society.

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: Artist Rooms, Tate Modern, London, July 26, 2019–July 18, 2021. Artwork © Ed Ruscha. Photo © Tate (Oliver Cowling)

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: OKLA, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City, February 18–July 5, 2021. Artwork © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
OKLA

February 18–July 5, 2021
Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City
oklahomacontemporary.org

Over the past six decades, Ed Ruscha has produced a diverse and highly influential body of work encompassing paintings, drawings, prints, books, photographs, and films. OKLA focuses on the artist’s Oklahoma roots—his family, his upbringing, and his discovery of his calling as an artist. It is also, remarkably, his first solo museum exhibition in his home state. Ruscha lived in Oklahoma City from the ages of five to eighteen—a formative period in both his life and his artistic sensibility. His Midwestern childhood had a profound impact on his art, which the exhibition explores through around seventy-five works from all phases of his career.

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: OKLA, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City, February 18–July 5, 2021. Artwork © Ed Ruscha

Glenn Brown, Lemon Sunshine, 2001 © Glenn Brown

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00s. Collection Cranford
Les années 2000

October 24, 2020–May 30, 2021
Mo.Co. Contemporary, Montpellier, France
www.moco.art

This exhibition of work from the Cranford Collection, established by Muriel and Freddy Salem in 1999, aims to define the identity of the 2000s by creating a dialogue between one hundred artworks by a multigenerational array of artists who contributed to shaping the beginning of the millennium. Work by Glenn Brown, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Albert Oehlen, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Franz West, and Christopher Wool is included.

Glenn Brown, Lemon Sunshine, 2001 © Glenn Brown

Ed Ruscha, Double Standard, 1966–69 © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Travel Log

September 30, 2020–May 30, 2021
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, California
svma.org

This exhibition by Ed Ruscha includes rarely seen black-and-white photographs documenting the artist’s frequent trips from Los Angeles to Oklahoma in the 1960s, which reveal inspirations for his iconic prints and paintings, including images of gas stations, diners, and the streets of rural towns like Gallup, New Mexico, and Winslow, Arizona. Also featured are examples of his well-known word prints, including color lithographs that combine visual formality with playful language.

Ed Ruscha, Double Standard, 1966–69 © Ed Ruscha

Installation view, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, Newfields, Indianapolis, July 17–October 25, 2020. Artwork © Gregory Crewdson

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Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

July 17–October 25, 2020
Newfields, Indianapolis
discovernewfields.org

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel explores the artist’s images of hospitality settings showcasing more than sixty of the artist’s paintings, drawings, watercolors, and illustrations. Also included are thirty-five works by American artists that similarly explore the visual culture of hotels, travel, and mobility from the early twentieth century to the present, including work by Gregory CrewdsonEd Ruscha, and Cindy Sherman. This show has traveled from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

Installation view, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel, Newfields, Indianapolis, July 17–October 25, 2020. Artwork © Gregory Crewdson

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, January 11– October 4, 2020 © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Drum Skins

January 11–October 4, 2020
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin
blantonmuseum.org

This show features more than a dozen new works by Ed Ruscha painted on found drum heads. Ruscha sourced the paintings’ visual iconography and language from the American vernacular.

Installation view, Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, January 11– October 4, 2020 © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Hotel, 1962 © Ed Ruscha

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Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

October 26, 2019–February 23, 2020
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
www.vmfa.museum

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel explores the artist’s images of hospitality settings showcasing more than sixty of the artist’s paintings, drawings, watercolors, and illustrations. Also included are thirty-five works by American artists that similarly explore the visual culture of hotels, travel, and mobility from the early twentieth century to the present, including work by Gregory Crewdson, Ed Ruscha, and Cindy Sherman.

Ed Ruscha, Hotel, 1962 © Ed Ruscha

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