02. Artists

Ed Ruscha

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b. 1937 in Omaha (USA); lives and works in Los Angeles (USA)

Back of Hollywood: Ed Ruscha’s paintings, drawings, films and books take their inspiration from everyday American icons. In his portrayals of elegant landscapes, logos and gas stations, his distinctive choice of words and phrases, and his unique, totally identifiable treatment of his subjects, he distils pop culture images using movie and typographic codes as stylish as they are meaningful.

Ruscha’s works are to be found in leading public and private collections, and have been shown worldwide in venues including the Hayward Gallery (London), the Haus der Kunst (Munich), the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), and LACMA and the Getty Center (Los Angeles).


Works


La vie moderne

4 works by Ed Ruscha,

For the Biennale, Ed Ruscha is showing three paintings from the series Psycho Spaghetti Western and another titled Gators. In Gators (short for alligators), ripped tyres seem to hang in space, giving a sublime aspect to the worn and ravaged shapes, while the title recalls how much the treads of a tyre owe to the scales of a reptile. In the Psycho Spaghetti Western series, the landscape is cut horizontally in two. One half is quasi abstract, while the other recalls a background of greenery and gravel with various objects standing out – turnedround signposts, cardboard boxes, litter and food packaging.

Psycho spaghetti Western #8, 2010
Acrylic, used motor oil on canvas
280 x 122 cm
Courtesy de l’artiste
Collection Rachel et Jimmy Levin, New York

Psycho Spaghetti Western 10, 2010-2011
Acrylic on canvas
305 x 137 cm
Collection Carol et Richard Feinstein

Psycho Spaghetti Western 11, 2011
Oil on canvas
198 x 84 cm
Courtesy Julie and Edward J. Minskoff

Gators
Acrylic on canvas
315 x 182,9 cm
Collection Prada, Milan

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there



Gallery
Ed Ruscha 5 photos
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© Blaise Adilon

Ed Ruscha
4 works by Ed Ruscha -
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Ed Ruscha
Psycho spaghetti Western #8 - 2010
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Ed Ruscha
Psycho Spaghetti Western 10 - 2010-2011
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Ed Ruscha
Psycho Spaghetti Western 11 - 2011
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Ed Ruscha
Gators -
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)