Ed Ruscha

BLVD. - AVE. - ST (2006)

About this artwork

Ed Ruscha’s metro plot paintings bring together a range of motifs that occur throughout his work such as silhouettes, text and horizontal landscapes. They also reference his conceptual photographs that document the streets of Los Angeles. In ‘BLVD.-AVE.-ST.’ an aerial-axial view of metropolitan Los Angeles is defined by intersecting parallel lines of the grid system and the text abbreviations of types of road. The painting is dominated by the grey concrete roads while a reddish-yellow band across the top of the painting alludes to the heat of the Californian horizon.

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  • title: BLVD. - AVE. - ST
  • accession number: AR00049
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • date created: 2006
  • measurements: 178.20 x 274.70 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.