Ed Ruscha

SMELLS LIKE BACK OF OLD HOT RADIO (1976)

About this artwork

During the mid 1970s, Ruscha made a series of drawings in pastel using pithy phrases set against fields of colour. The sentences and phrases evoke American vernacular and slang, draw attention to a particular experience or recall the excesses of Hollywood culture. Here, Ruscha brings to mind the evocative possibilities of simple aromas from our past. The work derives from a childhood memory the artist had of the smell that would emanate from a wooden radio after it had been playing for a period of time.

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  • title: SMELLS LIKE BACK OF OLD HOT RADIO
  • accession number: AR00055
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art One(In Storage)
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1976
  • measurements: 58.70 x 74.00 cm (framed: 73.00 x 87.00 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.