Ed Ruscha

La Brea, Powell (from Los Francisco San Angeles Portfolio) (2001)

About this artwork

‘La Brea, Powell’ 2001 is one of seven prints which juxtaposes street intersections from San Francisco and Los Angeles on top of one another. The title brings together part of an intersection name from each city; from Park La Brea in Los Angeles and Powell Street in San Francisco, inventing a new street. Ruscha creates a network of pattern and text and contrasts the similarities and differences between the two Californian cities. Its abstract design is similar to the work of the American Minimalist painters Agnes Martin and Brice Marden. Ruscha has spent much of his career as an artist exploring the complex and changeable cartography of California as he does here.

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  • title: La Brea, Powell (from Los Francisco San Angeles Portfolio)
  • accession number: AL00319
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Etching
  • date created: 2001
  • measurements: 20.30 x 24.40 cm (framed: 25.70 x 29.80 x 3.70 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.