Twentysix Gasoline Stations

Ed Ruscha


Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0210).

The books of Ed Ruscha (as you can read in interviews with Jef Wall or Ian Wallace) mark a seizure in history of artist publications. Ed Rusha (as in the work ‘Sunset Boulevard’)is using the possibilities of serialization as a way to be attentive and to distill meaning form reality. When we look at the ‘Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1962’, we notice that one gasoline station is banal; a series of gasoline-stations becomes magic. These publications are (close to his paintings) an attentive eye to enrich with understanding and going beyond the banal but still being related to it.

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