ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937)
1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American)
Title: Thinks I to Myself, 2017
Technique: Original Hand Signed, Dated and Numbered Lithograph on BFK Rives Wove Paper
Paper size: 33.6 x 53.5 cm. / 13.2 x 21.1 in.
Additional Information: This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil “Ed Ruscha” at the lower right corner. It is dated “2017” next to the signature.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 80, at the lower left corner. There were also 15 artist’s proofs aside from the standard edition.
It was co-published by the Royal Academy of the Arts, London, and Hamilton Press, Venice, California.
The paper bears the blindstamp of the publisher.
Note: Characteristically, Ruscha layers text over his imagery presenting deadpan, ambiguous statements or questions.
‘Thinks I, To Myself’ follows his celebrated exhibition of new paintings ‘Extremes and In-Betweens’ (Gagosian Gallery, 2016) where the artist stencilled phrases over images of monumental mountain ranges.
This new work’s text appears to be racing past the viewer, perhaps a reflection on the rapidly moving, turbulent climate in Ruscha’s home country.
It takes its title from the 1827 book by Edward Nares, described as a ‘a serio-ludicro, tragico-comico tale’.
“Thinks I to Myself has always sounded vaguely Shakespearean. I have been saying it for years. But upon researching, I see it coming from an Edward Nares book of the same title (1812). But with the mysteries of language, it could possibly be traced back to the Bard.”
Ed Ruscha Hon. RA, 2017