Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha is an American artist best known for his association with the Pop Art movement and his explorations of text in his work. Following in the tradition of artists who used words in their works, from the Dadaists and Surrealists to the conceptual artists who focused on the meanings of words, Ruscha is part of the first generation of pop artists who explored words as a formal or aesthetic device. Encompassing painting, drawing, photography, and artist's books, Ruscha's work holds a mirror up to the banality of urban life and gives order to the barrage of mass media-fed images that confronts us daily. Born in 1937 in Omaha, Ruscha moved to Los Angeles in 1956 to study at the Chouinard Art Institute. He continues to live and work in Los Angeles. He has had a number of museum retrospectives that have travelled internationally, including at the San Francisco Museum of Art (1982); the Centre Georges Pompidou (1989); the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2000); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (2002); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (2004); the Whitney Museum of American Art (2004); and the Jeu de Paume (2006). His work is represented in the collections of major art institutions, and Ruscha omega replica was the United States representative at the 51st Venice Biennale. 

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