SIGNED Edward Ed Ruscha They Called Her Styrene Word Drawings Paintings Works HC
No dust jacket as issued. SIGNED by Ed Ruscha on the top fore edge. Assembled in the form of a thick block, this book reproduces word drawings, paintings and works on paper. American artist Ed Ruscha began making prints and drawings consisting of one word on an often monochromatic, abstract background in the late 1950s. Since then the exploration of language based imagery has become a hallmark of his work. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1937, Ruscha moved to Los Angeles in 1956, excited by the newness, mobility and freedom represented by the Southern California landscape. Pulling elements from the visual language of the commercial world, he has made hundreds of word prints, drawings and paintings that exhibit an interplay between bold letters and atmospheric backgrounds. This book reproduces 575 word works by Ruscha. Some of the works consist of only one word -- great, mud, trust; others of short combinations or phrases such as Indeed I do, She Sure Knew Her Devotionals, Your Polyester People, That Housing Tract is Only Texture, and, of course, They Called Her Styrene. In these works Ruschas words transcend their apparent randomness to become visual icons of universal emotions and places known and imagined, exposing a dimension of multi-layered irony and threads of subtle and inventive social commentary. This volume embodies an aesthetically appealing compilation presented, in the manner of its content, with bold flair and bright colors: a book that simply cannot be left alone. The boards have moderate wear. Several scuff marks with some paper loss to the front board. Rubbing and scuffing to the spine.
Lighter wear to the rear board. Some scratches visible in the light. Light soiling to the fore edges.
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- Country of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Printing Year: 2000
- Topic: Fine Arts: Monographs
- Binding: Hardcover
- Subject: Art & Photography
- Special Attributes: 1st Edition
- Origin: English