Ed Ruscha is an artist who has achieved significant recognition for his deadpan paintings including those of the western American landscape. Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, demonstrates the artist’s accomplishments over the last 60 years with comprehensive information about his technique and stunning images of his work. The catalog contains a foreword by Max Hollein and texts by Karin Breuer and D.J. Waldie, as well as an interview with the artist by Kerry Brougher. Categorized into nine chapters, Ruscha’s paintings of mundane subjects such as street signs, pools, and apartment buildings are vitalized with straightforward and witty sophistication. Ed Ruscha and the Great American West is a thorough presentation of Ruscha’s fascination with the western landscape, Los Angeles, and life on the road.
Featuring essays by Karin Breuer and D.J. Waldie, plus a fascinating interview with the artist conducted by Kerry Brougher. Published by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2016 on the occasion of the exhibition at the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Hardcover, 244 pages.