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.
June 21, 2006 |
Set out the flares: It's important to approach the subject of cars and art in L.A. with considerable caution. The road is dotted with potholes. We learned that the hard way. In 1984, the Museum of Contemporary Art opened a high-profile exhibition titled "Automobile and Culture" that chronicled the interplay between cars and art in Europe and the U.S. throughout the 20th century. To the surprise of many, masterpieces were few and far between.
June 3, 2006 |
Without apparent warning, an iconic mural by artist Kent Twitchell depicting fellow artist Ed Ruscha was painted over Friday, a move Twitchell described as a shock and a violation of laws protecting works of art. By Friday afternoon, "Ed Ruscha Monument" near the intersection of South Hill Street and Olympic Boulevard had been painted over, but it could not be determined who had ordered the painting or why.
January 14, 2006 |
In keeping with its practice of enlisting artists as advisors and decision makers, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has elected Edward Ruscha to its board of trustees. A world-renowned figure who has 33 works in MOCA's permanent collection, Ruscha is also well represented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which recently announced its acquisition of 156 of his prints.
January 13, 2006 |
Thanks to a donor who loves the work of Edward Ruscha, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has compiled a nearly complete set of the quintessential L.A. artist's prints. LACMA trustee Jane Nathanson and her husband, Marc, provided funds for the museum to purchase 156 works from Ruscha -- examples of all the prints in his personal collection not already owned by the museum.