You Know the Old Story (1975)
About this artwork
In the mid 1970s Ruscha began exploring ways to use phrases in paintings, drawings and prints set against a variety of unconventional, textured backdrops such as this one. Many of the statements he has used come from clichéd, American slang and seem familiar without giving away an obvious 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.’
- title: You Know the Old Story
- accession number: AL00302
- artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1975
- measurements: 76.20 x 55.90 cm (framed: 92.20 x 72.00 x 5.70 cm)
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
- copyright: © 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.