Ed Ruscha at Leo Castelli Gallery, 1995


Color Offset Lithograph. Hand signed by Ed Ruscha.

20.00 x 36.00 in

50.8 x 91.4 cm

Signed by Ed Ruscha in silver sharpie.


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    About The Work

    First Edition print in series of 500, one of only signed. This work is a poster from a 1995 exhibition at Leo Castelli's gallery. The piece spells out "'Soapy Smith' Baby Doe" in a distorted font.

    Ruscha quoted in MacMillan 2007: "I was painting some of these anamorphic words [...] The idea [is] that these panels would be way up in the air and that you could walk almost underneath them. Then, you can position yourself to actually read those things, like ‘Baby Doe’, ‘Soapy Smith’, ‘Ute’ and ‘Ouray’. What did I call them? Stretch-outs or rubber bands or something like that. They also resembled, and I liked it for this, those sound patterns, and they also resembled dripping paint – if you put lots of paint on and watch it drip down in these vertical lines. So, the anamorphics, I always liked that. You can’t do that on a wall-mounted picture that you're looking directly at. You have to look way off at an angle. And you’re able to walk under and position yourself under those down here and you can actually read them. I’ve often wondered how many people have really discovered that."

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    •  Provenance: Cameron Whiteman, fmr President of PBA Galleries & VP, Bonhams

    • This work is framed. Frame measurements are 24.00" x 40.00".
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