Ed Ruscha

Standard Study #3 (1963)

About this artwork

In 1963 Ruscha made a photographic book entitled ‘Twentysix Gasoline Stations’. It comprised a selection of black and white snapshots drawn from a vast collection of dead-pan images taken by the artist of petrol stations that he passed, or stopped at, as he travelled through the states of California, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. ‘Standard’ is the name of a petroleum company and this drawing is one of a number of paintings and works on paper that arose from the photographic project.

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  • title: Standard Study #3
  • accession number: AR00050
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Pop Art
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1963
  • measurements: 27.90 x 45.70 cm (framed: 70.00 x 52.50 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.