Born in Nebraska in Ed Ruscha grew up in the mid-west city of Oklahoma. Following an early interest in cartooning, Ruscha pursued a career in. Edward Ruscha Twentysix Gasoline Stations , printed Not on view. Medium: Artist’s book; Dimensions: overall (closed): 7 x 5 1/2 x 1 9/16″ ( x 14 . Edward Ruscha Twentysix Gasoline Stations from Book Covers Not on view. Medium: One from a series of six lithographs; Dimensions: composition: 8.

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Sign in Contact About. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This page was last edited on 12 Julyat It was the choice bit. Each opening of the book reveals one or two photographs in varying but repeated layouts, with the photographs set in relatively large areas of white space. The first edition was numbered and occasionally signed, which Ruscha later admitted ruscah a “mistake”. No wigs required for this Warhol Xmas card!

Dated in the foreword and dedicated to Patty Callahan, the book comprises twenty-six photographs of various dimensions and proportions; most are laid out on a single page with the text facing the image; some go across the double spread, a few are placed next to each other.

I have eliminated all text from my books- I want absolutely neutral material. Babycakes with Weightsamps up the humour a little more. From the first service station, ‘Bob’s Service’ in Los Angeles where Ruscha lived, the book statiojs a journey back to Oklahoma City where he had grown up and where his mother still lived.

All it is is a device to disarm somebody with my particular message. Twentysix Gasoline Stationsa modest publication consisting of black and white photographs with captions, is an iconic artist book. There are no cars visible in some of the photographs and almost all are taken from the other side of the highway. The NY Times loves everything about our Freud book. Phaidon is headquartered in London and New York City. Archived copy as title link. Ruscha had visited Europe inand been particularly taken by the books he saw for sale “on the street, in those little bookstalls,” and been impressed by the “non-commercial look We work with the world’s most influential artists, chefs, writers and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel, and illustrated books for children.


All images reproduced in Artists Who Make Books. And away from the catholic church too, and Sister Daniella who beat my knuckles with a pencil the one year I was in parochial school.

Artists Who Make Books: Ed Ruscha

There is a connection between my work and my experience with religious icons, and the stations of the cross and the Church generally, but twentyix in one of method, you know; I do have some flavors that come over, like the incense I wasn’t coming out here [California] to do anything in particular, or gasiline be anything in particular except About fifty copies of the first etations came in a black cardboard slipcase. Ruscha would drive home to visit his parents in Oklahoma four or five times a year [9] after leaving home at 18; many ruecha the journeys were taken with his friend and fellow artist Joe Goode.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The last image is of a Fina gasoline station in GroomTexaswhich Ruscha has suggested should be seen as the beginning of the return journey, ‘like a coda’.

Published in April [1] on his own imprint National Excelsior Press, [2] it is often considered to be the first modern artist’s book, [3] and has become famous as a precursor and a major influence on the emerging artist’s book culture, especially in America.

Twentysix Gasoline Stations

Tweets about ” Phaidon”. But in sic this work read against the photographic landscape of highly aestheticized image-making. Artspace’s pick of Untitled Art, Miami.

They are simply a collection of ‘facts’, my book is more like a collection of readymades Ed Ruscha By offering only ‘technical data’ the artist lets us see something exceptional in pools, gas stations and baby photos. They have none of the nuances of the hand-made and crafted limited edition book.


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The book is covered with a semi-transparent glassine dust jacket for protection. Views Read Edit View history. Artists Who Make Books: Originally, the book was received poorly; despite being published the same year as Ruscha’s first twentyaix at the Ferus GalleryLos Angeles-which also represented Andy Warhol – the book was rejected by the Library of Congress for its ‘unorthodox form and supposed lack of information’.

A lot of critics have assigned a religious sub-text to the work, seeing a correlation between the gasoline stations and es 14 Stations of the Crosstraditionally the staging posts between Pilate’s condemnation and the burial of Christ after his crucifixion on Calvary.

The front cover has the title printed in red as three separate lines, the stark brightness of the design muted by the wrap around protective cover. Originally printed in a numbered edition ofa second edition of was published in and a third of in Although Ruscha has admitted knowledge of Evans’ work, he has dismissed it as an influence.

Edward Ruscha. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. , printed | MoMA

Who is Jean Jullien giving his book to this Christmas? Thirty years later, with a quarter of a century of mainstream gasolkne world activity between, the aspect of shock-effect and humor has diminished somewhat. Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass is similarly deadpan, with a run of blue, inviting pools rounded off with a less swimmer friendly image of a cracked drinking glass.

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