Ed Ruscha online


I found this nice site just recently, featuring images of Ed Ruscha’s entire catalogue, so far covering 1959-1992.

Take a look!

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  • Jim  On September 28, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    I studied Ruscha
    understanding is a task
    most could do as well


    P.S.: enjoyed your post on Utrecht and Haarlem. Keep up the travelogue!

  • Curt  On October 3, 2007 at 7:58 am

    On the last line, ‘most could do as well’, I’m thinking you’re referring to the technical merits, and I agree that many could ‘do as well’.

    For me the value of the art is what it makes me think of – in Ruscha’s case I see it as a type of comment on the message-permeated world we live it – advertisements and billboards everywhere, with images and words, all very carefully chosen & designed to help sell. In his paintings, there’s no product to sell (other than the painting itself, perhaps), so we are left with the picture of the word(s). How do these things affect us?

  • Jim  On October 3, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    I don’t disagree with your analysis of Ruscha. But my thoughts are:

    Great art is creativity plus a mastery of the mechanics.

    Think Rodin, Leonardo de Vinci, Joseph Conrad. Superb creativity plus a complete mastery of sculpting, painting, writing!

    Ruscha, Warhol, et al certainly have the creativity, but I question their mastery of mechanics. It seems to me they are creative but a bit lazy when it comes to communicating their thoughts.

    So I will put them in the good artist category, but not great!

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