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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Ed Ruscha

b. 1937, USA

Originally from Nebraska, Edward Ruscha’s works are crucial to an understanding of current American contemporary art practices. Born in 1937, Ruscha moved to Los Angeles at age 19, to enrol at the Chouinard Art Institute before his first solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in 1963. As his work became recognised for its vision and originality Ruscha went on to be represented by the highly influential Leo Castelli Gallery by the 1970s.  

Ruscha’s oeuvre ranges across various media, including painting, photography, printmaking, artist's books and drawing. Much of his work has focused on the landscape of Los Angeles - its billboards, vernacular architecture, roads and language. Consequently messages feature as a major element, whether as found ‘objects’ used in a Pop cool manner, or as palindromes mysteriously combined with deadpan views of iconic American landscapes. As such Ruscha’s art expresses a uniquely American existence, with the artist exploiting the conventions of the mass media in order to comment on the operations of popular culture. The 'word paintings' Ruscha began to produce in the 1970s have identified him with a new generation of artists who explore semiotics and post-modern alienation and banality in a global media saturated world.

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The Letter N by Ed Ruscha contemporary artwork Ed RuschaThe Letter N, 2005 Acrylic on paper
6 x 4 inches
Gagosian
Vacant Lots by Ed Ruscha contemporary artwork Ed RuschaVacant Lots, 1970/2003 Suite of 4 silver gelatin prints
22 x 22 inches
Bruce Silverstein
Industrial Village by Ed Ruscha contemporary artwork Ed RuschaIndustrial Village, 1982 Pastel on paper
96.5 x 127 cm
Gagosian
Gasoline Stations Portfolio by Ed Ruscha contemporary artwork Ed RuschaGasoline Stations Portfolio, 1962 Suite of 10 gelatin silver prints
Bruce Silverstein
Main Street by Ed Ruscha contemporary artwork Ed RuschaMain Street, 1990 One-colour lithograph
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Cameo Cuts by Ed Ruscha contemporary artwork Ed RuschaCameo Cuts, 1992 Set of six two color lithographs
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Vanish by Ed Ruscha contemporary artwork Ed RuschaVanish, 1973 Lithograph in colours on wove paper
50.8 x 71.1 cm
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
“Baked Potato” by Ed Ruscha contemporary artwork Ed Ruscha“Baked Potato”, 1962 Oil, ink, and collage on paper
12 x 11.5 inches
Almine Rech

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Robert Fraser’s Groovy Arts Club Band at Gazelli Art House, London
Closed
11 January–23 February 2019 Group Exhibition Robert Fraser’s Groovy Arts Club Band Gazelli Art House, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Luta Continua at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Closed
26 April–27 July 2018 Group Exhibition A Luta Continua Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Ed Ruscha, Metro Mattresses at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Closed
31 October 2015–16 January 2016 Ed Ruscha Metro Mattresses Sprüth Magers, Berlin

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A Journey That Wasn’t at The Broad, Los Angeles Ocula Report A Journey That Wasn’t at The Broad, Los Angeles 29 Sep 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

A Journey That Wasn't showcases 55 artworks from the permanent collection of The Broad in Los Angeles, some of which are on view for the first time (30 June 2018–10 February 2019). Located in the museum's first-floor galleries and curated by Ed Schad and Sarah Loyer (both curators at The Broad), the show explores how artists have dealt with...

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Best institutional shows in Turin during Artissima Ocula Report Best institutional shows in Turin during Artissima 4 Nov 2015 : Rachael Vance for Ocula

Each November the art world casts its attention on Italy’s art centre of Turin for the annual Artissima art fair. However, its not only the fair that attracts the international art cognoscenti to the Piedmont capital. With a history steeped in the cultural avant-garde of the Arte Povera movement and with strong philanthropic arts circles,...

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In Related Press

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Books, Wefts, and Black Lives Matter at the Baltimore Museum of Art Related Press Books, Wefts, and Black Lives Matter at the Baltimore Museum of Art Hyperallergic : 27 May 2017

Like the Baltimore Museum of Art's books, Louise B. Wheatley's textiles and Pendelton's mixed-media ventures pack a punch (actually, hers is more of a lingering touch). With her, you don't see it coming; with him, you can feel the vibrations down the block. Her mists/his missiles, resounding, both.

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A Mirrored House By Doug Aitken Reflects California's Desert Beauty and Solitude Related Press A Mirrored House By Doug Aitken Reflects California's Desert Beauty and Solitude Creators : 6 April 2017

Doug Aitken is an artist known for stretching the terms 'site-specific' and 'land art' to their fullest. He's made his name as one of the US's most prolific artists by submerging sculptures into the Pacific Ocean, sending a train across the country to display original art by several interdisciplinary artists, and drilling a hole 700-feet into the...

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Turns out the American Dream is more of a nightmare Related Press Turns out the American Dream is more of a nightmare Apollo Magazine : 23 March 2017

The entrance hall to the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery at the British Museum is blood-red, and covered in Andy Warhol's psychedelic screenprints of Marilyn Monroe's face.It's a punchy start to the exhibition, The American Dream: Pop to the Present.

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Artists Launch Global Art Project to Confront the Rise of Right-Wing Populism Related Press Artists Launch Global Art Project to Confront the Rise of Right-Wing Populism Art Forum : 27 February 2017

More than two hundred artists, musicians, writers, and arts professionals from forty countries have pledged to take part in Hands Off Our Revolution, a global art project that will organize a series of exhibitions and other programming to confront the rise of right-wing populism around the world.

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In Related Video

A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Related Video & Audio A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Hauser & Wirth : 8 May 2018

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Curated by David Rosenberg, the exhibition presents more than 360 works by some 250 artists. Among these are Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Hans Bellmer, André Breton,...

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Getting there: Ed Ruscha Related Video & Audio Getting there: Ed Ruscha Juxtapoz Magazine : 24 July 2016

First published on Nowness: Ed Ruscha took Matthew Donaldson on a Los Angeles ride through memory lane, from the artist’s Culver City studio—that started life as one of Howard Hughes’ aircraft parts factories—to Silverlake and around Echo Park where the filmmaker lived as a child. “Almost more than...

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