Description: Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) Grey Suds, 1971 Screenprint in colors on Arches paper 18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm) (sheet) Ed. 13/100 (there were also 15 artist’s proofs) Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil lower left.
Edward Joseph Ruscha IV ( born December 16, 1937) is an American artist associated with the pop art movement. He has worked in the media of painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and film. Ruscha lives and works in Culver City, California.
- In 1962 Ruscha’s work was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Jim Dine, and Wayne Thiebaud, in the “New Painting of Common Objects,” at the Pasadena Art Museum. This exhibition is historically considered one of the first “Pop Art” exhibitions in America.
- Ruscha had his first solo exhibition in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.
- In 1966, Ruscha was included in “Los Angeles Now” at the Robert Fraser Gallery in London, his first European exhibition.
- In 1968, he had his first European solo show in Cologne, Germany, at Galerie Rudolf Zwirner.
- Ruscha joined the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1970 and had his first solo exhibition there in 1973.
- He has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives, beginning in 1983 with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (traveling to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1989, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 2000, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in 2001. In 2004, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney mounted a selection of the artist’s photographs, paintings, books and drawings that traveled to the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome and to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
- In 1998, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles organized a retrospective solely devoted to Ruscha’s works on paper. In 2004, The Whitney Museum of American Art exhibited a second Ruscha drawing retrospective, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and then to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- In 1999, the Walker Art Center mounted Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999, a major retrospective of the artist’s prints, books, and graphic works, which number well over 300. The show travelled to the LACMA in 2000. Ruscha coauthored the catalogue raisonné with Walker curator Siri Engberg. In July 2012, Reading Ed Ruscha opened at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria.
- In 2006, an exhibition of Ruscha’s photographs was organized for the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Kunsthaus Zürich, and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
- In October 2009, London’s Hayward Gallery featured the first retrospective to focus exclusively on Ruscha’s canvases. The exhibition travelled to Haus der Kunst, Munich, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
- “Ed Ruscha: Road Tested,” opened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas in January 2011. The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles prepared an exhibition with Ruscha inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which opened in mid-2011 (traveled to Denver Art Museum, Colorado in December 2011 and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida in May 2012).
- In 2016, there was a large 99 piece exhibit of Ruscha’s paintings and prints in San Francisco’s M. H. de Young Memorial Museum. The exhibit, “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West,” focuses primarily on how the artist drew inspiration from the American West. In 1956, Ruscha drove from his home in Oklahoma to Los Angeles where he hoped to attend art school. While driving in a 1950 Ford sedan, the 18 year old artist drew inspiration from dilapidated gas stations, billboards, and telephone poles cross the great expanse of the land. This inspiration from the American West across Route 66 stuck with Ruscha his whole life. The artists paintings of the West reflect both symbolic and ironic renditions of how we imagine the West.
- In 2018, The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas presented “Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance,” featuring more than 150 objects drawn from the Ransom Center’s Edward Ruscha Papers and Art Collection,