Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha

Cotton Puffs Q Tips Smoke and Mirrors The Drawings of Ed Ruscha Ed Ruscha b is among the most popular American artists working today His evocations of commonplace subjects have earned him a reputation as a Pop artist while his interest in language and typogr

  • Title: Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha
  • Author: Margit Rowell Cornelia Butler
  • ISBN: 9780874271409
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ed Ruscha b 1937 is among the most popular American artists working today His evocations of commonplace subjects have earned him a reputation as a Pop artist, while his interest in language and typography has aligned him with Conceptual art This book, published to accompany Ruscha s first museum retrospective of drawings, showcases his singular vision and his wide ranEd Ruscha b 1937 is among the most popular American artists working today His evocations of commonplace subjects have earned him a reputation as a Pop artist, while his interest in language and typography has aligned him with Conceptual art This book, published to accompany Ruscha s first museum retrospective of drawings, showcases his singular vision and his wide range of highly personal mediums and techniques, from pastels and gunpowder to blood, coffee, and tobacco stains Ruscha s work includes paintings, photographs, prints, books, and films, but his unique works on paper are perhaps his richest vein Through his interpretations of cultural icons and vernacular subjects such as the Hollywood sign, trademarks, and gas stations, as well as his renderings of words and phrases in countless stylistic variations, Ruscha proposes a modern landscape based on keen observation and wry humor.

    One thought on “Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha”

    1. 1) They take a documentary approach. They are about facts, and are functional, like the words in a manual for something you were trying to do.2) They are premeditated instead of emotional. This puts the onus on the viewer-reader.3) They emphasize the comedic value of the words. 4) They are not grounded in an established typeface - this is a different kind of word.2) Words are not entirely effable. Reading as a material activity, and it might not be immaterial. To use a word is like using a thing [...]

    2. Wish .i could have seen this exhibition. The book is large enough to have beautiful images of Ruscha's drawings.

    3. The best collection of Ruscha's work I've seen in print. Bought it after being astounded by his exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

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