Friday, July 15, 2016

Ruscha and the Great American West at the de Young

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West includes 99 works that reveal the artist’s engagement with the American West.This exclusive exhibition has been organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and celebrates his career.

Nine sections reveal Ruscha’s fascination with the evolving landscape and iconic character of the “Great American West” in symbolic, evocative, and ironic renditions. These include works that depict gasoline stations, an important element of Ruscha’s work, as well as others that comment on Los Angeles and the film industry, such as his  “Technicolor” images of the Hollywood sign. The exhibition also includes works in which a word or phrase is the sole subject, often depicted in a variety of forms that simulate poured liquids, cut ribbons, or spray paint.

Ruscha at the Getty. 

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