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Ed Ruscha First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0714839080
ISBN-10: 0714839086
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In this lavish monograph, Marshall wastes no time making the familiar Pop Art connections between Ed Ruscha and his 1960s contemporaries; thumbnails of work by Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol precede full-page reproductions of Felix the Cat, the Twentieth Century Fox trademark and a flying can of Spam. In uninflected, jargon-free prose, the former Whitney curator traces the artist's early trajectory from art school training to Abstract Expressionist experimentation to his full stride with iconic West Coast landscapes-the Hollywood sign, a Standard gasoline station-starkly rendered in popping color, hard edges, thrusting diagonals and vanishing horizons. Organized by subject matter, the volume quickly moves beyond 60s Pop, though Marshall continues to look backward, citing influences from René Magritte to Walker Evans. As later chapters explore "Single Words," "Bouncing Objects, Floating Things," "Thought and Phrases" and "Landscapes and Skies," a definite artistic agenda emerges. Whether in a limited edition book devoted to 34 parking lots, an oil painting of olives falling against a gradated background, or a pastel of the word "sex," Ruscha seeks to isolate objects-especially words-from their context; "Words are pattern-like... they are almost not words-they are objects that become words." Including a list of the nearly 400 words used over a period of 13 years, this monograph offers a comprehensive examination of a quintessentially American artist. 324 color illustrations
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'Organised thematically, this good-looking tome lets the work speak for itself. Richard Marshall keeps his copy brief; each section is introduced by an essay that mixes biography and art history with quotes from the artist. I've always admired Ruscha's work without really liking it. I'm completely converted.' (Time Out) 'Helping us to understand his career ... is Marshall's superb, sympathetic, scrupulously researched and detailed text. Beautifully designed, illustrated and easy to follow, almost as if it were one of the artist's works, Phaidon's Ed Ruscha is like having a private retrospective between the covers of a book. As such, it is highly recommended.' (The Oklahoman) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714839086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714839080
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
With the recent news that artist Ed Ruscha has been selected to represent the USA at the 2005 Venice Biennale, it becomes even more important to access the impact of this consistently important artist. ED RUSCHA is a book to accompany the important retrospective of the artist's works throughout his career - from his introduction in the 1960's POP ART movement to the present. The book is lavishly illustrated with excellent reproductions of Ruscha's work and not only repeats the images we have all grown to associate with Pop Art (especially in California) such as his infamous Hollywood sign and Standard Gas Station, images that have endeared him to America much in the same vein as Edward Hopper: it also explores the single word paintings and the artistic comments on our environment that grow more pertinent every day.In addition to this fine book as a full compendium of Ruscha's painting and prints, it is also a wisely written treatise by author Edward D. Marshall in a series of essays that are as fine as any in print in today's museum catalogues. This is a definitive volume on an important artist: it is also a book that would be enjoyed by every guest sitting near your coffee table. Here is a bit of Americana of which we can still be proud!

Grady Harp, October 2004
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on October 23, 2008
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Apart from the catalogue raisonné, this book is the best and most complete publication on the work of this Californian master of Pop Art who invented a new language by, precisely, using everyday words, slogans or phrases as the core of his art, also reinventing the Californian (or even American) landscape in paintings that have become icons of American Art.

The book covers Ruscha's works chronologically, from the late fifties (a tempera on board entitled "School Assignments") to the early years of the XXIst century, with hundreds of beautiful illustrations and numerous photographic documents, tracing his sources of inspiration and quoting many unpublished texts on the artist.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ed Ruscha is a vast gallery of photographer and artist Ed Ruscha's (b. 1937) works. Centering around the popular and often mercantile culture of his Los Angeles home, Ruscha's creations often focus on blending text with art - such as the word "Vanish" spread against a red background fading to black near the top. An avant-garde modern art edge distinguishes this monograph, with many works featuring a crisp and sharp outline or stylized arrangements of text that appear practically 21st century rather than 20th. Very little written text intersperses the monograph; independent curator and critic Richard D. Marshall offers insightful reflections upon Ruscha's creations, but the majority of Ed Ruscha is devoted entirely to the artworks themselves in all their visual and colorful splendor. A dashing contribution to modern and forward-thinking artbook shelves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Divin on March 13, 2012
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This is one of THE BEST retrospective catalogues of a particuler artists, that I own. And it should be noted, I have a HUGE collection of Art related material. If you are a fan of this artist, in any way, you will not regret purchasing this item. Ruscha is one of my absolute favorite artists now, after this book educated me to his long and outstanding career.
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