America, Her Best Product (1974)
About this artwork
In the mid 1970s Ruscha began exploring ways to use phrases or sentences in paintings and prints, set against a variety of unconventional, textured backdrops such as this one. ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ is the trademark which authenticates the country of origin of a product. The phrase is symbolic as an emblem of national pride and Ruscha alludes to this in the title of the print.
- title: America, Her Best Product
- accession number: AL00304
- artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1974
- measurements: 81.00 x 59.70 cm (framed: 95.50 x 75.40 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.