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Ed Ruscha at Gagosian New York

December 21, 2012 by Kay

November 17, 2012 - January 12, 2013

Sometimes I wonder whether I am painting pictures of words or whether I’m painting pictures with words. –Ed Ruscha

"ED RUSCHA", Installation view, Photo by Rob McKeever

Ed Ruscha’s oeuvre has never been confined to established categories of style or media; for instance, books, drawings, prints, photography, and painting are used in parallel, together with materials as unconventional as gunpowder, fruit juice, bleach, coffee, and syrup. But throughout his restrained yet daring experimentation, writing as act and subject, in print form or painted on canvas, has remained a constant inspiration for his iconic images of the American vernacular. His singular, sometimes oblique use of words allows for the exploration of the role of signifiers in language and thought, while his range of artistic means allow the act of reading to be literally manipulated as a process by which to generate meaning.

"ED RUSCHA", Installation view, Photo by Rob McKeever

This exhibition follows the recent exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz "Reading Ed Ruscha,” which fully explored Ruscha's obsession with books and language from the outset of his career. In New York the focus is his richly diverse investigations of the book as a subject, as a support for making pictures, or as an actual object. It includes acrylic and oil paintings, on stretched, unstretched, and shaped canvases, drawings on paper, watercolors on vellum, photographs, and book works.

"ED RUSCHA", Installation view, Photo by Rob McKeever

Read more about this exhibition on the Gagosian website.