Born in Nebraska in Ed Ruscha grew up in the mid-west city of Oklahoma. Following an early interest in cartooning, Ruscha pursued a career in. Edward Ruscha Twentysix Gasoline Stations , printed Not on view. Medium: Artist’s book; Dimensions: overall (closed): 7 x 5 1/2 x 1 9/16″ ( x 14 . Edward Ruscha Twentysix Gasoline Stations from Book Covers Not on view. Medium: One from a series of six lithographs; Dimensions: composition: 8.

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A lot of critics have assigned a religious sub-text to the work, seeing a correlation between the gasoline stations es the 14 Stations of the Crosstraditionally the staging posts between Pilate’s condemnation and the burial of Christ after his crucifixion on Calvary.

The front cover has the title printed in red as three separate lines, the stark brightness of the design muted by the wrap around protective cover. Olafur Eliasson’s Ice Watch will give you a climate change chill.

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The book is covered with a semi-transparent glassine dust jacket for protection. The books have the trappings of poppy commercialism about them, like misguided instruction books, or a partially complete guide to life in the 20th century.

The first edition was numbered and occasionally signed, which Ruscha later admitted was a “mistake”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The title appears in red lettering on the cover and spine. Basket 0 Checkout Sign in.

There is a connection between my work and my experience with religious icons, and the stations of the cross and the Church generally, but it’s in one of method, you know; I do have some flavors that come over, like the incense I could have saved myself a lot of trouble by loosening up. The book is printed in black offset on white paper. Originally printed in a numbered edition ofa second edition of was published in and a third of in It has 26 photographs on 48 pages.


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Ed Ruscha By offering only ‘technical data’ the artist lets us see something exceptional in pools, gas stations and baby photos. Thirty years later, with a quarter of a century of mainstream art world activity between, the aspect of shock-effect and humor has diminished somewhat. Ruscha would drive home to visit his parents in Oklahoma four or five times a year [9] after leaving home at 18; many of the journeys were taken with his friend and fellow artist Joe Goode.

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Twentysix Gasoline Stations

I knew the title. My pictures are not that interesting, nor the subject matter. Artists Who Make Books. All my books are identical.

They gasolinw simply a collection of ‘facts’, my book is more like a collection of readymades Each opening of the book reveals one or two photographs in varying but repeated layouts, with the photographs set in relatively large areas of white space.

From the first service station, ‘Bob’s Service’ in Los Angeles where Ruscha lived, the book follows a journey back to Oklahoma City where he had grown up and where his mother still lived. It was subsequently republished in two unnumbered editions. I have eliminated all text from my books- I want absolutely neutral material.


Edward Ruscha. Twentysix Gasoline Stations from Book Covers. | MoMA

Who knows why these Agnes Martin paintings are hanging beside Navajo blankets? Clive Phillpot, writer, curator and former Director of the Library at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, observes that the photographs are not reproduced in a linear sequence, with five photographs out of order.

Ruscha twfntysix visited Europe inand been particularly taken by the books he saw for sale “on the street, in those little bookstalls,” and been impressed by the “non-commercial look Twentysix Gasoline Stations was first published in although the title page states in an edition of numbered copies.

Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: You know, not gotten so concerned with how Stxtions wanted the thing to look. And away from the catholic church too, and Sister Daniella who beat my knuckles with a pencil the one year I was in parochial school.

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