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They Called Her Styrene, Etc. Hardcover – January 10, 2000
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Ruscha himself has a cryptic, but intriguing comment right at the end of the book: "Sometimes found words are the most pure because they have nothing to do with you. I take things as I find them. A lot of these things come from the noise of everyday life." End of comment.
So far as I know, Ruscha has not undertaken to publish these works as writing, nor in the context of writing. As visual art, these works inhabit that territory that utilizes language for its own purposes. Its closest kin in that vein may be the signage of Jenny Holzer, the paintings of Lawrence Weiner, or the poster paintings of Barbara Krueger, but the more densely textual pseudo-philosophical musings of Joseph Kosuth and Art Language aren't entirely unrelated either.Read more ›
I bought it shortly afterwards.
I already described it- it's a book of pictures with words across them. I enjoy it very much. As you sit and thumb through all of the pages, each word or group of words, combined with the colors on the background, conjur all sorts of thought and feelings inside you.
For me, it serves very well to just sit and thumb through it, looking at all the pictures and letting my mind wander as the book prescribes.
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Great size. Makes for a wonderful gift. I came across this book in Vegas and had to buy my own copy.Published on October 31, 2012 by F_S
The only thing that really bugs me is the huge 'Phaidon' logo on the front, almost as big as the title. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Zoe Langer
...because it is a nice object and very enjoyable to thumb through. The binding is failing a bit, but it is an essential in my library.Published on August 10, 2009 by Turtlebeak