Lot 1 Ed Ruscha (1937-)

Colour silkscreen on wove paper; signed, dated 1969 and numbered 150/150 in pencil to margin

19.5" / 49.5cm (height) x 36.9" / 93.7cm (width)

Est. $30000/50000
Realised: $83000
Auction Date: 10/06/2016

Provenance: Prominent Private Collection

Literature: Susan Dackerman, Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, p. 215, Cat. No. 61

Note: As Susan Dackerman observes: “In Ruscha’s Cheese Mold Standard with Olive, a lone gasoline station rises against a turquoise and seafoam-green sky.  A large sign identifies it as one of the many Standard Oil facilities then scattered throughout the United States. Viewed from a low vantage point, the building appears monumental, its sharply angled roof receding dramatically toward the horizon. Empty save a single olive hovering in the sky at upper right, the background evokes the wide-open spaces of the American West. […]”   Ruscha made several different prints featuring the Standard station motif in 1969. The idea emanated from Ruscha’s gelatin silver photographs Standard, Amarillo, Texas, 1962; and Standard, Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 1962 and his painting of a year later, Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas measuring 64 1/2” x 121 3/4”. For each edition of the prints, including this lot dated 1969, Ruscha experimented with different colours, while he maintained the same composition and blended skies.

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