Ed Ruscha

Sin (1970)

About this artwork

In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ruscha made a range of punchy, graphic prints, drawings and paintings exploring single words, motifs or phrases with no context. This work was one of many exploring a more three dimensional use of lettering as if seen from an unusual angle; this three dimensional quality objectifies the word. By detaching loaded words such as this one he invites a range of interpretations without giving away any one meaning. He has said, ‘There’s no right or wrong way to approach my work, each viewer will have his or her own associations anyway. And that’s the way it should be.’

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  • title: Sin
  • accession number: AL00300
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Screenprint on paper
  • date created: 1970
  • measurements: 48.60 x 67.30 cm (framed: 54.00 x 73.10 x 5.70 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.