Ed Ruscha

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Pop artist Edward Ruscha (American, b.1937) was born in Nebraska and moved to Los Angeles in 1956 to study at the Chouinard Art Institute, intending to become a commercial artist. Quickly recognized in the 1960s as an important representative of the thriving Pop Art movement and a successor of the Beat Generation for his collages and text-based pieces, Ruscha’s work was exhibited at the Ferus, Leo Castelli, and Gagosian Galleries.

As a painter, drawer, and filmmaker, Ruscha has been heavily influenced by the city of Los Angeles and by his initial interest in graphic arts, incorporating text and urban, as well as Western, landscapes into his work. Ruscha comments on myths of American Romanticism, commercial culture, and urban life in humorous and ironic pieces. He sometimes uses unusual media in his work, including fruit and vegetable juices, blood, gunpowder, and grass stains, in works such as his Stains series. In the 1980s, his style became more mystical, as he worked with rays of light, constellations, and other celestial themes. Ruscha is best known for his witty and enigmatic use of text in his paintings, which he continues to incorporate into his works today. He has held several retrospectives in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, and Munich and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001.


1960       Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA



Ed Ruscha: Books & Co., Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Ed Ruscha: Mountain Prints, Gagosian Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland.
Ed Ruscha: Ribbon Words, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York, NY
Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
MADE IN SAN FRANCISCO, Ed Ruscha Etchings: 1982-2014, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
Made in California: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ


Ed Ruscha: Prints and Photographs, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France
Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA


The Letter kills, but Spirit gives life! Galerie Gradiva, Paris, France
Ed Ruscha: Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
Ed Ruscha: Prints and Photographs, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY


Ed Ruscha – Los Angeles Apartments – Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
In Focus: Ed Ruscha – The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Le Grand Tout – 30 Ans Du Frac Limousin – FRAC – Limousin, Limoges
Word And Image – Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
Ed Ruscha: Made in California – Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Don’t Be Shy, Don’t Hold Back – The Logan Collection At Sfmoma – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection – Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art – Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NY
Ed Ruscha – Artist Rooms On Tour – Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
The Time is Now – John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Letters From Los Angeles Part II: Identity & Self Identity Through Text in Art – Jack Rutberg Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
I’m Amazed – Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London (England)


Gagosian Gallery, New York City, NY
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna
Ed Ruscha: Standard – Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
Ed Ruscha: On The Road – Museum of Contemporary Art – North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FL


Ed Ruscha: On the Road – Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Ed Ruscha: Nice, Hot Vegetables – Richard Gray Gallery – New York, New York City, NY
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 – The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Ed Ruscha: On the Road – Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Ed Ruscha ARTIST ROOMS – Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton (England)
Ed Ruscha – Psycho Spaghetti Westerns – Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Ed Ruscha – Road Tested – The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX 2010


Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
Selections from Hamiltion Press at Sylvia White Gallery
Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting, Moderna Museet, Stolkholm, Sweden


Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museo d’arte contemporanea, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA


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