Screening and Talk
Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles
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
January 14–18, 2019, 10am–6pm
USC School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
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
The Sexy Beast Gala
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:30pm
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
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
Friday, June 8, 2018, 6:30–7:30pm
National Gallery, London
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
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2pm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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
2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Auction
Live auction: July 26
Online preview: July 27–August 9
Online bidding: August 10–23
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Opened November 1, 2018
The Broad, Los Angeles
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 in
Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture
Opening June 15, 2019
Toledo Museum, Ohio
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
October 27, 2018–April 30, 2019
Palm Springs Art Museum, California
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
Peindre la nuit
October 13, 2018–April 15, 2019
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
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
A Journey That Wasn’t
June 30, 2018–February 10, 2019
The Broad, Los Angeles
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
West by Midwest
November 17, 2018–January 27, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
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
November 16, 2018–January 20, 2019
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
Archaeology and Romance
August 11, 2018–January 6, 2019
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
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
September 14, 2018–January 6, 2019
Kode Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, Norway
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
Sea of Desire
June 2–November 4, 2018
Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles, France
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
Course of Empire
June 11–October 7, 2018
National Gallery, London
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
April 20–September 9, 2018
Anchorage Museum, Alaska
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