Born in 1937, Ed Ruscha’s exploration of language and American West Coast culture centred on Hollywood has made him one of the pre-eminent artists of his generation. Since the early 1960s he has channelled his fascination with words and the act of communication into books, printmaking, drawing and painting. His work has much in common with Pop Art, but while Ruscha’s carefully planned paintings and drawings draw on popular references and mass media, his playful use of irony, paradox and absurdist juxtapositions have set him firmly apart from any movement.
Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland would like to acknowledge the generosity of the artist in donating the magnificent painting 'The Music from the Balconies' to the ARTIST ROOMS collection.
Tate Shots: Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha's exploration of language and American West Coast culture centered on Hollywood has made him one of the pre-eminent artists of his generation. Tate Shots went to meet him at his studio in Los Angeles.
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