Ed Ruscha

DAILY PLANET (2003)

About this artwork

The mountain became a common motif in the work of Ed Ruscha during the late 1990s and 2000s. ‘Daily Planet’ is the newspaper where Superman’s alias Clark Kent works as a reporter in the superhero comic books that were translated into a series of Hollywood blockbusters in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The mountainous landscape might also allude to action adventure films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘North by Northwest’ or those in the James Bond series. The words ‘Daily Planet’ juxtaposed against the landscape also suggest ecological concerns about the finite nature of the environment.

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  • title: DAILY PLANET
  • accession number: AR00048
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • date created: 2003
  • measurements: 152.90 x 152.90 X 4.00 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • 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.