Ed Ruscha: Rooms with Words

Summer 2017

Ed Ruscha_Rooms, 1996 (16" x 28")-Casterline|Goodman Gallery

Rooms, 1996

Acrylic on lithograph, framed

16 x 28 inches

24 x 35 ½ inches framed

40.64 x 71.12 centimeters

60.96 x 90.17 centimeters framed

Ed Ruscha_Selma and Vine St,1999 (22 x 17 1:4 inches)_Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

Selma and Vine St, 1999
Acrylic on canvas
22 x 17 1/4 inches
 

Ed Ruscha_ Yes Tree, 1983-1986 (50" x 40") _Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

Yes Tree, 1983-1986
Oil and enamel on canvas
50 x 40 inches
127 x 101.6 centimeters

Ed Ruscha_Sunset De Longpre, 2001 (16 x 24 inches) _Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

Sunset De Longpre, 2001
Acrylic on linen
16 x 24 inches 
40.64 x 60.96 centimeters
 

Ed Ruscha_Automatic Study, 1963 (16 7:8" x 12") No Frame- Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

Automatic Study, 1963

Pencil on tracing paper

16 7/8 x 12 inches

20 5/8 x 27 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches framed

42.86 x 30.48 centimeters

52.38 x 70.16 x 3.81 centimeters framed

Signed lower right: "Edw Ruscha 1963"

Ed Ruscha_ Magic Isle, 1982 (30" x 40") No Frame - Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

Magic Isle, 1982
Pastel on paper
30 x 40 inches
39 1/2 x 52 1/2 x 2 inches framed
76.2 x 101.6 centimeters
100.33 x 130.81 x 5.08 centimeters framed

Ed Ruscha_ The World, 1977 (23" x 29") No Frame - Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

The World, 1977
Carrot juice on paper
23 x 29 inches

28 1/2 x 34 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches framed

58.42 x 73.66 centimeters

72.39 x 87.94 x 3.81 centimeters framed
Signed and dated 'Edward Ruscha 1977' on the reverse

 

Ed Ruscha_ KISS, 1979 (7 3:8" x 34") no frame - Casterline|Goodman Gallery.jpg

Kay-Eye-Double-S, 1979
Pencil on paper
7 3/8 x 34 inches 
17 x 43 x 1 1/2 inches framed
18.73 x 86.36 centimeters
43.18 x 109.22 x 3.81 centimeters framed
Signed and dated 'Ed Ruscha 1979' (bottom right)

Press Release

Casterline|Goodman Gallery is proud to present Rooms with Words by Ed Ruscha, on view from July 25th to September 25th, 2017.

 

Casterline|Goodman has been collecting Ed Ruscha’s work for years, and the gallery continues to be an expert on Ruscha’s market. Casterline|Goodman’s collection features many significant works including Ruscha’s Yes Tree, Magic Isle and Fly Proof. 

 

Ed Ruscha is an American artist that emerged as a Pop Artist in the 1960s. He was born in 1937 in Nebraska and studied at the California Institute for the Arts from 1956 to 1960 under Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffer. After graduating, he traveled around Europe before taking a job as a layout artist in Los Angeles. Ruscha became a part of the Ferus Gallery Group, which represented artists as John McCracken and Larry Bell. It also held Andy Warhol’s first solo exhibition of his Campbell's Soup Cans.

By the 1960s, Ruscha was well-known for his prints, collage and paintings. He denies being influenced by his Southern California upbringing, but his use of large, catchy Hollywood-inspired text and California themes seem to be an homage to his roots. His first public work was installed in 2014 on New York City’s High Line featuring Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today, taken from a pastel drawing he created in 1977.

 

Ruscha’s works can be described as stylized representations of American pop culture combined with words and phrases that play with the image and its linguistic meaning. Ruscha works with unconventional media as graphite, gunpowder and pastel to create his word and slogan works. He applies the media with his “drawing tools,” which consist of cotton puffs and Q-Tips.  These help him create his renowned smoky and illusive effects. By giving his phrases a “physical voice,” he created a deadpan humor that is now synonymous with his work.