Ed Ruscha

Howling (from the book 'Flipping, Kicking, Howling, Rolling, Sitting, Standing, Climbing, Telling') (1988)

About this artwork

‘Howling’ is one in a series of eight colour etchings. A copy of each was bound into an artist book by Ruscha in 1988. In the 1980s Ruscha created a number of paintings and prints using simple, picture book images such as these in silhouette, which were then blurred or distorted. Many of these motifs were derived from childhood books and magazines, marking a departure from the slick Los Angeles based imagery of his earlier work. In each of these etchings Ruscha focuses on an individual object against a blank backdrop in the same way that he has often focussed on isolated words taken out of context.

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  • title: Howling (from the book 'Flipping, Kicking, Howling, Rolling, Sitting, Standing, Climbing, Telling')
  • accession number: AL00309
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Etching
  • date created: 1988
  • measurements: 50.80 x 40.60 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.