Publisher: New York and Göttingen, Germany: Gagosian Gallery and Steidl Verlag, 2007
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112783
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine gray 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. Essays by Robert Dean, Dave Hickey and Larence Weiner. 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, Carolina Söderholm and Judith McKay. 564 pp., including 3 two-page gatefolds, profusely illustrated with four-color plates and additional black-and-white reference illustrations, 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: "This is the third volume in the ongoing series documenting Ruscha's entire corpus of paintings. As in the previous two volumes, each painting is given a double-page spread with exhibition and bibliographic history, and is reproduced in color. The artist's notebook sketches for paintings are reproduced in facsimile. This volume contains 165 paintings and, in addition, includes a major public commission for the Philip Johnson-designed Miami-Dade Public Library, which was a watershed mark for Ruscha. Paintings done immediately prior to this commission can be seen as a summation of the artist's earlier preoccupations and techniques, while those done after the commission show a major shift in Ruscha's direction occasioned by the artist's use of airbrush techniques to produce dark, atmospheric canvases that correspond to film noir and such Los Angeles writers as Raymond Chandler. The book includes an introductory essay by the editor, Robert Dean, and a personal tribute by artist Lawrence Weiner. It contains a chronology to 1987, as well as a comprehensive bibliography and list of exhibitions."