Ed Ruscha

Filthy McNasty's (Sunset Strip Portfolio) (1976 / 1995)

About this artwork

In the 1990s, Ruscha brought together many of his photographs from the 1960s and 70s into new groupings, such as the ‘Sunset Strip Portfolio’ 1967/1995, a set of six photographs including this one. This photograph was originally one of many simply documenting the length of Sunset Strip. But in the new 'Sunset Strip Portfolio' Ruscha has placed the focus on the now legendary places captured, such as Filthy McNasty’s, a Hell’s Angels hangout which was later reincarnated as the infamous Viper Room. He has distorted the negatives with razor blades and sandpaper signalling the passing of time and the decay traditional photographic processes.

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  • title: Filthy McNasty's (Sunset Strip Portfolio)
  • accession number: AL00289
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1976 / 1995
  • measurements: 51.10 x 75.90 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.