ED (Edward) RUSCHA (born 1937)
1937 Omaha, Nebraska (American)
Title: Mr. Ray, 1975
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Wove Paper
Paper size: 35 x 51.5 cm. / 13.8 x 20.3 in.
Additional Information: This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil “Ed Ruscha”, verso.
It is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 200, verso. There were also 20 artist’s proofs aside from the standard edition, numbered with Roman numerals.
The lithograph was published by L. Anselmino, Torino in 1975.
The paper bears the Anselmino blindstamp in the lower right corner.
From the early 1970s Ruscha began to turn away from his iconic Gas Station Americana and started making drawings and paintings of single words or short phrases placed against soft unmodulated backgrounds. They all appear as the main focal point, appealing to the artist for both their visual and phonetic forms but they also took on paradoxical resonance in isolation from their mundane contexts.
Another impression from this edition is held in the joint collections of The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate Modern, London.
Literature: Engberg, S. (1999) Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999. Minnesota: Walker Art Centr
Reference: Engberg 86
Condition: Very good condition. Very minor pale toning at the sheet edges, verso.