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Fine and Decorative Arts: Day 1

Wed, Sep 23, 2020 11:00AM EDT
Lot 177

Ed Ruscha "Sin-Without" Lithograph on Wove Paper

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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Ed Ruscha (b. 1937). Lithograph on wove paper titled "Sin-Without," 2002, printed by Steven Anderson, Akasha, Minneapolis, with his blindstamp. Provenance: Akasha Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN Private Collection, MN Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) studied at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1956 to 1960 where he was taught under Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffer. While at school, Ruscha edited and produced the journal “Orb” (1959-60). During this time he came across Jasper Johns’ “Target with Four Faces” (1955), a formative work for Ruscha who went on to employ Johns’ use of commonplace objects as supports for abstraction. After graduation, he began working as a layout artist at Carson-Roberts Advertising Agency in Los Angeles. From 1965-69, he was a layout designer for Artforum magazine under the pseudonym “Eddie Russia.” In 1969, Ruscha took a teaching position at UCLA as a visiting professor for printing and drawing. This editorial and commercial art experience plays into Ruscha’s works which elevate words to an art form. Irony and wit are apparent in Ruscha’s choice of vernacular. In the 1970s, he and other artists, such as Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer, began using whole phrases in their art, a characteristic in post-Pop Art. In the 1980s, Ruscha created and began using his own typeface named “Boy Scout Utility Modern” in which letters are all-caps and squared-off. This can be seen in his work “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls” (2009).
Sight; height: 26 3/4 in x width: 46 in. Framed; height: 29 1/2 in x width: 49 in.

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