Ed Ruscha

° 1937

Born in Omaha, Nebraska (United States).

Edward Ruscha (1937, US) is considered one of the leading painters of our times. He had a Catholic upbringing in Oklahoma and moved to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. In his images, suspended between different modes of representation, the literal appears to dominate over the metaphoric, but you can never be sure. Ruscha’s painted words, sometimes executed in the very substance signified by the word, have been interpreted as instances of trans-substantiation – the word become flesh. He is seen as a quintessential West Coast artist, although he was ‘never really into television… but the print media, photography and books’.

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