b. 1937
  • United States
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$USD 37.266.858
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Ed Ruscha attended the Chouinard Art Institute (now known as the California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles from 1956 to 1960. During this time, he was exposed to the burgeoning pop art movement and became influenced by artists like Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. In the 1960s, Ruscha gained prominence for his works that incorporated text, often presented in a bold and graphic style. His fascination with words and their visual representation led him to create paintings that featured single words or short phrases, often with an ironic or humorous twist. Some of his most famous works include pieces like “OOF” (1962), “Standard Station” (1966), and “Every Building on the Sunset Strip” (1966). Ruscha’s artworks often explore the intersection of language and imagery, and he frequently draws inspiration from the landscapes and culture of Southern California. He is associated with the “Cool School” of Los Angeles artists, who challenged the dominance of New York City as the center of the art world. Throughout his career, Ruscha has worked in various mediums, including painting, photography, printmaking, and film. He is also well-known for his artist’s books, which are considered groundbreaking for their innovative use of language and design. Ruscha’s work has been exhibited extensively in major museums and galleries around the world. He has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to contemporary art.


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“Ed RUSCHA (1937)
Hurting the Word Radio #2 (1964)

Lot # 6/b
150 x 140.3 cm
Hammer price: $ 46,000,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 52,485,000
Estimate: $ 30,000,000 – $ 40,000,000
Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
13 nov 2019
New York NY, United States”

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