Publisher: New York and Göttingen, Germany: Gagosian Gallery and Steidl Verlag, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112799
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine slate green 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 by Edward Ruscha. Essays by Walter Hopps and Yve-Alain Bois. Edited by Pat Poncy. Includes comprehensive catalogue entries, chronology, exhibition history and bibliography. Designed by Bruce Mau, Bruce Mau Design, Inc., Toronto, with Julie Fry, Judith McKay, Amanda Sebris, Petra Chevrier and Catherine Rix. 446 pp., with 5 two-page gatefolds, 161 four-color and 10 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: "Switching to a career in fine art from his dream of becoming a commercial artist, Ed Ruscha first came into prominence in the early 60s with his large word paintings and paintings of commercial icons, such as 20th Century Fox and Standard Station, that related in manner and style to the nascent Pop art movement. Drawing on a variety of sources that also included his own drawings, prints, and artist's books, Ruscha was often associated with the west coast cool style, but ultimately his work confounded the art world with its sly and elusive sense of deadpan humor, as seen in his series of bird paintings and in the liquid word paintings that rounded out the decade. The Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings is a five-volume series under the general editorship of the Gagosian Gallery, and is a co-publication between Gagosian Gallery and Steidl Verlag.
Volume One, on offer here, contains 137 paintings printed in full color from Ruscha's student period to the Pop- and Conceptual-inflected word paintings of the 60s. The catalogue includes a comprehensive exhibition history, bibliography, and biographical chronology, as well as an appreciation by former Menil Collection director Walter Hopps and an essay exploring Ruscha's pioneering use of language as a subject matter by art historian Yve-Alain Bois of Harvard University. Set in Franklin Book type and printed on acid-free, 170-gram Job Parilux paper, each volume of the catalogue has a stitched binding and a cloth cover with silver-colored embossing protected by an embossed slipcase. Specifications for subsequent volumes are the same. All reproductions were converted to digital form, thanks to which process it has been possible to restore the reproductions of long-lost paintings. Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1937 and grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1941 to 1956. He moved to Los Angeles, California and attended the Chouinard Art Institute from 1956 to 1960. His work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in major museums and private collections throughout the world. In 2001, Ruscha was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters as a member of the Department of Art."