Ed Ruscha (b. 1937)
signed and dated 'Edward Ruscha 1973' (lower left)
gunpowder on paper
14 1/2 x 23 in. (36.8 x 58.4 cm.)
Executed in 1973.
Private collection, Fort Worth, acquired directly from the artist
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa early 1970s
L. Turvey, Edward Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper, Volume One: 1956-1976, New Haven, 2014, p. 346, no. D1973.59 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

“I never wanted to write. I prefer  the economy, the directness, of visual tools, rather than communicating as a writer. There are some similarities, but my words are always instant choices… Despite the fact that I use words, I work in and on a non-verbal world, and this is the irony” (Ed Ruscha quoted in Ed Ruscha Paintings exh. cat., Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1990, p. 130).

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