March 27, 2011 |
You don't hear much about street photography anymore. There are lots of reasons why. One, hitherto unacknowledged, is that artist Ed Ruscha's extraordinary photo books turned the genre upside down in the 1960s. It hasn't been the same since. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article included a caption that identified the photograph as "untitled. " The photograph is titled "Los Angeles, California. " In the '60s, street photography's art world stature was peaking.
February 26, 2011 |
Ed Ruscha's new paintings, the subject of a Gagosian Gallery show that opened Friday in Beverly Hills, look like they are haunted by the ghost of Pop Art. The canvases are filled with images of assorted objects, many branded: a tire, a Perrier bottle, a Bud Light carton. But instead of bright, shiny images à la Warhol, the objects here are in various stages of disarray or decay. The tire is blown; the bottle is discarded; the carton is crumpled. And the dominant colors are muted earth tones.
February 24, 2011
Landmark Pop artist and Ferus Gallery alum Ed Ruscha ? famed for his colorful yet desolate panoramas of vacant Standard filling stations, the back of the Hollywood Sign and a variety of odd phrases and slogans ? mounts his first Los Angeles-area exhibition of new paintings in 12 years. "Ed Ruscha: Psycho Spaghetti Westerns" features works that are an extension of his "Course of Empire" series, which Ruscha exhibited as the U.S. representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale, wherein the artist explored themes of landscape deterioration in the Hudson River School paintings of Thomas Cole.
HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 2010 |
Artist Ed Ruscha and his wife, Danna, have sold their Point Dume-area home in Malibu for $4 million. The 1-acre estate includes a gated, one-story ranch-style home that had been updated and two guesthouses. The main house has open-plan living and dining rooms, a breakfast area in the kitchen, an office, a family room and three bedrooms. The master suite opens to a swimming pool with spa. Extensive windows and French doors give the house an indoor-outdoor feel. The primary guesthouse contains two bedrooms and a living room with a fireplace.
HOME & GARDEN
October 19, 2010 |
Artist Ed Ruscha has sold his Point Dume-area home in Malibu for $4 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The acre estate includes a gated, one-story, ranch-style home that had been updated, two guesthouses and a swimming pool with spa. The main house has open plan living and dining rooms, a breakfast area in the kitchen, an office, a family room and three bedrooms. The master suite opens to the pool. Extensive windows and French doors give the house an indoor-outdoor feel.
March 4, 2010
There may not be another painter that has captured the feeling of Los Angeles better than Ed Ruscha. He's wrung resonance from gas station signs, loneliness from advertisements and epic wonder from the most tedious urban detritus. Here he signs a loving retrospective of his work, "Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting," with texts by James Ellroy, Richard Wagner and many others. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Saturday. www.booksoup.com.
December 27, 2009 |
"What it means to be an artist today -- where do we start on that one?" muses Ed Ruscha, almost nonplused. Finally, the soft-spoken art veteran decides : "It means facing a lot of information that's going to be very difficult to take in and swallow because there's so much of it." Once the ramifications settle in, he slyly drawls, "to grasp the total picture would make you wish you could go back to 1960 when things were a bit slower, almost like the Dark Ages." That dizziness finds a counterpoint with fledgling film director Michael Mohan on a cold December night in Westwood.