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Tom Sachs, Paradox Bullets, 2018 (still) © Tom Sachs

Screening and Talk

Tom Sachs
Paradox Bullets

Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles
frieze.com

As part of the curated film program for Frieze Los Angeles, Tom Sachs’s Paradox Bullets (2018), directed by Van Neistat and narrated by Werner Herzog, will be screened in the historic Paramount Theatre. The short film follows a man, played by Ed Ruscha, who loses his keys in the Mojave Desert and has to use nine bullets, or rules, to get home. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Sachs, Herzog, and Neistat, moderated by Frieze editorial director, Jennifer Higgie. The event is free with fair admission.

Tom Sachs, Paradox Bullets, 2018 (still) © Tom Sachs

Ed Ruscha, Miracle, 1975 (still) © Ed Ruscha

Screening

Ed Ruscha
Films

January 14–18, 2019, 10am–6pm
USC School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
arch.usc.edu

The five-day pop-up screening showcases Premium (1971) and Miracle (1975), two rare films made by Ed Ruscha. Both films, featuring Ruscha’s signature deadpan humor and keen translation of the contemporary American condition, offer an exploration of storytelling and the conventional narrative codes of Hollywood. The event is free and open to the public.

Ed Ruscha, Miracle, 1975 (still) © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Startup Text, 2015 © Ed Ruscha

Fundraiser

The Sexy Beast Gala

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:30pm
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
www.sexybeast.org

The Sexy Beast Gala is an evening of art and activism benefitting Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. The event will include performances, a silent auction, a pop-up shop, and more. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.sexybeast.org.

Ed Ruscha, Startup Text, 2015 © Ed Ruscha

Photo: Manfredi Gioacchini

In Conversation

Ed Ruscha
Christopher Riopelle

Friday, June 8, 2018, 6:30–7:30pm
National Gallery, London
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Ed Ruscha has shaped the way we see the American landscape over the span of his influential six-decade career. Hear him discuss his upcoming exhibition, Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire, opening at the National Gallery on June 11, with Christopher Riopelle, the museum’s Neil Westreich curator of post-1800 paintings. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.nationalgallery.org.uk.

Photo: Manfredi Gioacchini

Thomas Cole, View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow, 1836, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In Conversation

Ed Ruscha
Tom McCarthy

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2pm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
www.metmuseum.org

Ed Ruscha and Tom McCarthy will discuss the influence the nineteenth-century landscape painter Thomas Cole has had on their careers in conjunction with the exhibition Thomas Cole’s Journey, organized by the Met’s Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture Elizabeth Kornhauser. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.metmuseum.org.

Thomas Cole, View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow, 1836, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Thomas Houseago, Rainbow I (Psychedelic), 2017

Live Auction

2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Auction

Live auction: July 26
Online preview: July 27–August 9
Online bidding: August 10–23
www.2017ldfauction.org

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to protecting the world’s last wild places. Since 2008 it has supported over 200 environmental projects across all five oceans and in over fifty countries. This auction helps make it possible for the Foundation to continue supporting pioneering individuals and organizations on the front lines of environmental conservation and climate advocacy, and will feature donated artworks by Urs Fischer, Frank Gehry, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner, and Jonas Wood.

Thomas Houseago, Rainbow I (Psychedelic), 2017

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Announcements

Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Award

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha will be presented with the J. Paul Getty Medal in honor of his work as a painter, draftsman, photographer, and bookmaker.

Photo: Sten Rosenlund

Ed Ruscha

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

Ed Ruscha

Video

Ed Ruscha
Buildings and Words

Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and narrated by the actor Owen Wilson, this mini documentary chronicles the trajectory of Ed Ruscha’s oeuvre.

John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha on Richard Artschwager

Video

John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha on Richard Artschwager

John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha sit down to discuss the work of Richard Artschwager on the occasion of his 2013 retrospective at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Gagosian director Bob Monk moderates this conversation.

TateShots

Video

TateShots
Ed Ruscha

In this episode of weekly web series TateShots, Ed Ruscha discusses his interest in words and letters, and his use of backgrounds as “stage settings.”

Anthony Kiedis Celebrates Ed Ruscha

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Anthony Kiedis Celebrates Ed Ruscha

Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, drives through Los Angeles with Ed Ruscha. The pair discuss their love and appreciation of LA, words being art, and how they both feel connected to words. Produced by Pacific Standard Time, a Los Angeles art initiative.

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Museum Exhibitions

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 on view at the Broad.

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

Ed Ruscha, Miracle, 1975 (still) © Ed Ruscha

Opening Soon

Ed Ruscha in
Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture

Opening June 15, 2019
Toledo Museum, Ohio
www.toledomuseum.org

Life Is a Highway brings together a diverse selection of artists to showcase how the automobile reshaped the twentieth-century American landscape and cultural attitudes of self-expression. Work by Ed Ruscha is included.

Ed Ruscha, Miracle, 1975 (still) © Ed Ruscha

Chris Burden, All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley

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Unsettled

October 27, 2018–April 30, 2019
Palm Springs Art Museum, California
www.psmuseum.org

Unsettled, cocurated by JoAnne Northrup and Ed Ruscha, amasses two hundred artworks by eighty artists spanning two thousand years to explore the geography of frontiers characterized by vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist. This exhibition originated at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. Work by Chris Burden and Ed Ruscha is included.

Chris Burden, All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley

Helen Frankenthaler, Star Gazing, 1989, collection of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Peindre la nuit

October 13, 2018–April 15, 2019
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

This exhibition explores the night in modern and contemporary painting, music, literature, photography, and video. With a focus on the perception of night rather than its iconography, the exhibition intends to be a nocturnal experience. Work by Francis Bacon, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, and Ed Ruscha is included. 

Helen Frankenthaler, Star Gazing, 1989, collection of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Ed Ruscha, Azteca/Azteca In Decline, 2007, Broad Art Foundation © Ed Ruscha

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A Journey That Wasn’t

June 30, 2018–February 10, 2019
The Broad, Los Angeles
www.thebroad.org

This exhibition explores complex representations of time and its passage. The show includes more than fifty works drawn from the museum’s collection of postwar and contemporary art and features more than twenty artists, including Richard Artschwager, Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, and Ed Ruscha.

Ed Ruscha, Azteca/Azteca In Decline, 2007, Broad Art Foundation © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston, Business Cards, 1968, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston. Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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West by Midwest

November 17, 2018–January 27, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

West by Midwest tells a story that illuminates the ways that contemporary art practices spread and develop by tracing the intersecting lives of artists who have migrated from the American Midwest to the West Coast since the mid-twentieth century. Lured by career opportunities, warmer weather, and the prospect of a better life promised by the postwar boom, those artists who were able to migrate attended art schools together, shared studios, exhibited work in the same galleries, collaborated on projects, engaged in activism, and dated one another. Work by Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Sterling Ruby, and Ed Ruscha is included.

Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston, Business Cards, 1968, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston. Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Ed Ruscha, Nobody Denied Nothing, 2018 © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Double Americanisms

November 16, 2018–January 20, 2019
Secession, Vienna
www.secession.at

An installation of works by Ed Ruscha that source visual iconography and language from the American vernacular is on view at the Secession in Vienna.

Ed Ruscha, Nobody Denied Nothing, 2018 © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Pool #2, 1968 (printed 1997), Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Archaeology and Romance

August 11, 2018–January 6, 2019
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
www.hrc.utexas.edu

This exhibition features more than 150 objects and presents Ed Ruscha’s celebrated books, photographs, drawings, and prints alongside unpublished archival production materials, layout sketches, and studio notebooks. The exhibition also examines the stages of conception, design, and production leading to the publication of his groundbreaking artist’s books, and provides audiences with an unprecedented look into Ruscha’s creative process.

Ed Ruscha, Pool #2, 1968 (printed 1997), Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Year after Year, 1973, UBS Art Collection © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Very

September 14, 2018–January 6, 2019
Kode Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, Norway
kodebergen.no

With works from the UBS Art Collection as a basis, this exhibition covers the artist’s production from the 1960s onward, focusing on the technically and graphically innovative approaches that Ed Ruscha has made use of over the years. Studies from his most iconic paintings and artist’s books are also on display. This show has traveled from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.

Ed Ruscha, Year after Year, 1973, UBS Art Collection © Ed Ruscha

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fallen Angel, 1981, Fondation Carmignac, Paris © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris 2018

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Sea of Desire

June 2–November 4, 2018
Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles, France
www.fondationcarmignac.com

The phrase “Sea of Desire” on a large-scale painting by Ed Ruscha welcomes visitors to this exhibition, which channels a spirit of rebellion and change. Sea of Desire confronts the viewer with compelling artworks that imply revolution, freedom, and a quest for beauty. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol is included.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fallen Angel, 1981, Fondation Carmignac, Paris © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Top: Ed Ruscha, Blue Collar Tech-Chem, 1992, Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, California © Ed Ruscha. Bottom: Ed Ruscha, The Old Tech-Chem Building, 2003, Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, California © Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha
Course of Empire

June 11–October 7, 2018
National Gallery, London
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

In Course of Empire, the audience will encounter Ed Ruscha’s modern take on the cyclical nature of civilization, evocative of Thomas Cole’s series of the same name concurrently on display. In contrast to Cole’s work, which evokes that artist’s grandiose vision of the rise and fall of a classical civilization, Ruscha’s Course of Empire focuses on the industrial buildings of Los Angeles—simple, utilitarian, boxlike structures with no pretension to beauty, but redolent of economic might and global reach.

Top: Ed Ruscha, Blue Collar Tech-Chem, 1992, Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, California © Ed Ruscha. Bottom: Ed Ruscha, The Old Tech-Chem Building, 2003, Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, California © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Rancho, 1968 © Ed Ruscha

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Unsettled

April 20–September 9, 2018
Anchorage Museum, Alaska
www.anchoragemuseum.org

Unsettled, co-curated by JoAnne Northrup and Ed Ruscha, amasses two hundred artworks by eighty artists spanning two thousand years to explore the geography of frontiers characterized by vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist. This exhibition traveled from the Nevada Museum of Art. Work by Chris Burden and Ed Ruscha is included.

Ed Ruscha, Rancho, 1968 © Ed Ruscha

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