LOT L10 ED RUSCHA / CINCO, 2000
Acrylic and pencil on paper
12 x 9-3/8 inches (30.5 x 23.8 cm)
Auction estimate: $45,000
Gift of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.
Winning bidder agrees to extend first right of refusal to artist and Gagosian Gallery
Ed Ruscha, one of America's greatest living artists, is a cultural treasure who has
defined 'cool' in California since his arrival from Oklahoma City in 1956.
Encompassing photography, drawing, painting, and artist books, Ruscha's work
holds the mirror up to the banality of urban life and gives order to the barrage of
mass media-fed images and information that confront us daily. Ruscha's early
career as a graphic artist continues to strongly influence his aesthetic and thematic
In Cinco, Ruscha combines the splatter ground he uses to communicate pavement
in his Metroplot paintings, with a surreal trompe l'oieul rendering of a floating glass
reminiscent of his work from the 1960's. Typically Ruscha, Cinco defies
categorization. It's a still-life, a landscape, and somehow surreal, photo-real, and
abstract all in one.
Ruscha has been the subject of numerous international museum retrospectives
including those organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Centre
Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; the Jeu de
Paume, Paris; the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and the Hayward Gallery, London.
Ruscha was the United States representative at the 51st Venice Biennale.
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