Edward Ruscha American, b. 1937

Overview

Ed Ruscha rose to fame in the early 1960s, and has been associated to the Pop Art Movement, and the Beat Generation.  He studied graphic design at the Chouinard Institute, now known as the California Institute of Arts. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. His work ranges from painting, collages, photography, film, printmaking and publishing. Ruscha is considered one of the most distinguished American artists of the 20th century, with a career spanning six decades. His works falls in-between Pop Art and Conceptual Art. Ruscha often places language at the centre of his work, contemplating contemporary life, particularly in Los Angeles, with frankness and satire. He had his first solo retrospective in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery. Since then, he has been part of numerous museum exhibitions that include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, CA, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, among others. The artist's works are also held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Tate Gallery in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

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