Ed Ruscha

Vacant Lot #1 (Anaheim) (1970 / 2003)

About this artwork

‘Vacant Lot #1 (Anaheim)’ 1970/2003 was an out-take from Ruscha’s shooting sessions for Real Estate Opportunities (1970), an artist book of 25 photographs. It showed deadpan views of banal, empty lots of land with potential for growth in and around Los Angeles. He printed this work in 2003 along with three others from the 1970s to create the ‘Vacant Lot Series’ 1970/2003. Ruscha gives us the location for this image, taken in Anaheim, so it becomes a document of a real place which has since been altered by developers over time. He has frequently referenced the classic American ‘road trip’ as explored here and documented his travels in and around the United States.

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  • title: Vacant Lot #1 (Anaheim)
  • accession number: AL00282
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • date created: 1970 / 2003
  • measurements: 74.30 x 73.70 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
  • copyright: © Ed Ruscha.
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Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Oklahoma and studied in Los Angeles. Ruscha's work is diverse and experimental. Since childhood he has been interested in commercial art, in the form of advertising, comic books and magazines. This led to his first paintings featuring words, produced in the late 1950s. Ruscha is equally known for his books of deadpan photographs, such as 'Twenty-six Gasoline Stations' of 1963 and volumes of banal photographs of buildings. In his work Ruscha aims to challenge accepted concepts of language and meaning, often by combining unrelated words and images.