Ed Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper, Vol. 3, 1998-2018
Lisa Turvey (ed)
Gagosian Gallery & Yale University Press, 2022
This third volume of the catalogue raisonné of Ed Ruscha’s works on paper documents more than 1,000 works created between 1998 and 2018
The third volume of this extraordinary catalogue raisonné project compiles the unique works on paper that celebrated American artist Edward Ruscha (b. 1937) made between 1998 and 2018. There are 1,068 works documented, hundreds of which have rarely, or never, been exhibited or published. Drawing is the mode in which Ruscha is most prolific, poetic, and experimental. In this period, he further developed some of his iconic subjects, among them film titles, gasoline stations, mountains, and of course words and phrases. He also expanded into new thematic territory in palindrome drawings, map-like representations, and “swiped word” works that incisively reflect the contemporary moment. Included are pencil, dry pigment, pastel, and acrylic drawings on paper, board, and assorted unconventional supports; collages and photo-based works; and sketches and studies for various contemporaneous paintings, commissions, and miscellaneous projects. Each work is catalogued with a beautiful color reproduction, collection details, full chronological provenance, exhibition history, and bibliographic references.