August 13, 2012

ed ruscha: reading


ed ruscha - reading
kunsthaus bregenz
7.7.12 - 10.14.12

ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
kub edition
open book with worm holes
hand printed lithograph (7 colors) on magnani pescia paper (gray)
photo: paul ruscha








ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
oh no, 2011
hand-drilled intaglio on fore-edge of book
photo: paul ruscha
© ed ruscha


the work of ed ruscha (born 1937), one of the best-known artists of his generation, eludes established categories. assigned to pop art at the start of his career and later on to conceptual art, today it is clear that one of the qualities of ed ruscha’s work is its never confining itself to one style or medium. artist books, drawings, prints, photography, and painting are used in parallel, for instance, together with materials as unconventional as gunpowder, fruit juice, coffee, and syrup in producing his drawings and prints.







ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
nosy son open book, 2004
acrylic on raw linen
photo: paul ruscha
© ed ruscha








ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
pep, 2011
hand-drilled intaglio on fore-edged of book
photo: paul ruscha
© ed ruscha








ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
starbrats open book, 2003
acrylic on raw linen
photo: paul ruscha
© ed ruscha


for all its variety of styles and techniques, however, ed ruscha’s work also displays certain constants. among these is his use of writing, whether in print form or painted onto pictures on canvas. it is a red thread that runs through his oeuvre from its earliest beginnings to the present. during his art training in los angeles ed ruscha also worked as a sign painter and for advertising agencies, studying among other things layout methods and printing techniques, which were later useful for his own early publications. as far back as the early 1960s he produced his legendary artist books comprising photographs of gas stations taken en route from his home in los angeles to oklahoma where his family lived (twentysix gasoline stations, 1963), or of all the buildings on sunset strip (every building on the sunset strip, 1965).

ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
yardstick (right), 1987
acrylic on canvas
photo: paul ruscha
© ed ruscha







ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
five books, 2001
acrylic on raw linen
photo: paul ruscha
© ed ruscha







ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
reading ed ruscha
installation view 3rd floor,
kunsthaus bregenz
photo: markus tretter
© ed ruscha, kunsthaus bregenz








ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
reading ed ruscha
installation view 3rd floor,
kunsthaus bregenz
photo: markus tretter
© ed ruscha, kunsthaus bregenz


with these works alone ed ruscha went down in art history and influenced later generations. his works are represented in the most important museums worldwide, and two years ago a major retrospective of his painting toured the museums of north america and europe. while that retrospective was devoted exclusively to his painting, the kunsthaus bregenz will be presenting not one but an entire range of media including drawing, photogravure, book, film, and acrylic and oil painting. the focus will be on an obvious-enough area which, nevertheless, has never been fully examined to date, namely, the significance of the book and/or the act of »reading« in his work.
more press


all content courtesy kunsthaus bregenz



ed ruscha @ minimal exposition
ed ruscha
portrait
photo: miro kuzmanovic
© kunsthaus bregenz


ed ruscha: psycho spaghetti westerns







0 comments: