ED RUSCHA "DROPS" LITHOGRAPH, 1971
"Drops" is a classic example of Ed Ruscha (b.1937) and famous text-based works.
The artist's best creations play with language and typography in a way that challenges the boundaries of pop, conceptual art and minimalism.
Arguably the most famous L.A.-based artist of the 20th century, the city has had a profound influence on Ruscha's formal interests, palette and overall aesthetic. The warmth of the robin egg's blue of the paper contrasts perfectly with the wet droplets that make up the title. One can almost feel the sunshine behind them as the droplets appear to evaporate from the picture's plane.
Ruscha has been an active printmaker since his student days at the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of Arts) in the late 1950's. Over the succeeding decades, editioned work or creating multiples has been a central part of his practice.
Ruscha began exhibiting his work in 1963 and had his first international show in Cologne (Germany) at Galerie Rudolf Zwirner. A few years later, Ruscha began showing his work with Leo Castelli. Over the course of the second-half of the 20th century Ruscha has become California's most famous artist and a bellwether of sorts of the best art from Los Angeles.
In 1998, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles organized a retrospective of Ruscha's works on paper. A major retrospective of Ruscha's career opened at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. in 2000 and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Miami Art Museum, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2001, Ruscha was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters as a member of the Department of Art. Ruscha was the United States representative at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.
Ruscha has also become one of the most valuable living American artists. In 2014 his "Smash" painting sold for $30.4 million at Christie's NYC.
This work is in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
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Signed, dated and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 90
Colour lithograph on paper
27.5”W 20"H (sheet)
31"W 23"H (framed)
Very good condition
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