Ed Ruscha
Selected Rare Graphics

Annandale Galleries are proud to exhibit a selection of rare graphics by Ed Ruscha, a medium which is particularly suited to his work and has therefore been an integral part of his oeuvre.

A painter, printmaker, and filmmaker, Edward Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1937, and lived some 15 years in Oklahoma City before moving permanently to Los Angeles where he studied at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1956 through 1960 where he was a contemporary of Larry Bell. By the early sixties he was well known for his paintings, collages, and printmaking, and for his association with the Ferus Gallery group, which also included artists Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Edward Moses, Ken Price, and Edward Kienholz. He later achieved recognition for his paintings incorporating words and phrases and for his many photographic books, all influenced by the deadpan irreverence of the Pop Art movement.

In the 1980s a more subtle motif began to appear, again in a series of drawings, some incorporating dried vegetable pigments: a mysterious patch of light cast by an unseen window that serves as background for phrases. By the 1990s, Ruscha was creating larger paintings of light projected into empty rooms, some with ironical titles such as An Exhibition of Gasoline Powered Engines (1993).

Born and raised Catholic, Ruscha readily admits to the influence of religion in his work. He is also aware of the centuries-old tradition of religious imagery in which light beams have been used to represent divine presence. But his work makes no claims for a particular moral position or spiritual attitude.

Ed Ruscha is one of the most critically acclaimed, successful and influential artists in America. His work has been exhibited internationally for three decades, he has had retrospectives in major museums the world over and is represented in major museum collections too numerous to mention here. In Australia, a major retrospective was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney in 2004.


Ed Ruscha
Selected Rare Graphics
Selected works from this exhibition on display until July 15

In association with Bernard Jacobson London, from the USA
17 May - 3 June 2006

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