Ed Ruscha

DEC. 30th (2005)

About this artwork

The dimensions of this large work call to mind the format of widescreen movies. Ruscha had previously replicated the ratio of the widescreen CinemaScope in the size of several canvases. The Hollywood sign, an iconic feature of the Los Angeles skyline, is silhouetted and blurred with orange and red spray paint. The colours, as well as the shaded sign, suggest a sunset. Ruscha has exploited the sign in his work since the late-1960s and commented: “The idea of Hollywood has lots of meanings and one – to me – is this image of something fake up here being held up with sticks… I looked outside my window here and I saw the sign ‘Hollywood’ and it became the subject matter for me.”

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  • title: DEC. 30th
  • accession number: AR00065
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 2005
  • measurements: 101.6 x 152.4 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.