Ed Ruscha

Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1970)

About this artwork

This lithographic print relates to Ed Ruscha’s first, groundbreaking photography book of the same name published in 1963. It was a 48 page publication documenting 26 roadside filling stations along Route 66 between Los Angeles and Ruscha’s home town of Oklahoma City, including stations in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Amarillo. Ruscha said, ‘I used to drive back four or five times a year and I began to feel that there was so much wasteland between LA and Oklahoma that somebody had to bring the news to the city.’

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  • title: Twentysix Gasoline Stations
  • accession number: AL00299
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1970
  • measurements: 40.60 x 50.80 cm (framed: 45.20 x 55.50 x 37.00 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
  • copyright: © Ed Ruscha.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

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.