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Publisher: New York and Göttingen, Germany: Gagosian Gallery and Steidl Verlag, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112782
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine slate blue cloth-covered boards, with title stamped in silver on cover and spine, no dust jacket as issued; contained in a heavy gray cardboard slipcase with title stamped in silver on both sides. Paintings and text by Edward Ruscha. Preface by Robert Dean. Essays by Reyner Banham and Peter Wollen. Edited by Robert Dean, with Erin Wright. Includes comprehensive catalogue entries, chronology, exhibition history and bibliography. Designed by Bruce Mau, Bruce Mau Design, Inc., Toronto, with Breanne Woods, Judith McKay and Kelsey Blackwell. 536 pp., with 5 two-page gatefolds, 304 four-color and 13 black and white plates, beautifully printed by Steidl on Scheufelen Job Parilux paper. Book 11-5/8 x 9-5/8 inches; slipcase 12-1/8 x 10 inches.
From the publisher: "The Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings of Ed Ruscha is a six-volume series of books co-published by Steidl and Gagosian Gallery. This is the second volume, which contains entries on 178 paintings completed between 1971 and 1982 -- from the artist's crisis at the onset of the seventies, when he quits painting pictures, to his first major museum retrospective, which opened in March 1982 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The catalogue includes a comprehensive exhibition history, bibliography and biographical chronology, as well as a preface by the editor Robert Dean, an essay by UCLA film historian Peter Wollen examining Ruscha's use of color as it relates to his use of language, and an essay by the late Reyner Banham."