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Ruscha, Ed (Artist); Ruscha, Edward (Full Name). LEAVE ANY INFORMATION AT THE SIGNAL: WRITINGS, INTERVIEWS, BITS, PAGES. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 460 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of the artist's spoken and written word, with a coda of original art. One of the most valuable art books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ed Ruscha's "Leave Any Information At The Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages". The eloquent and witty artist in his own words, complemented with his eloquent and witty art. "Among the most innovative artists of the last fifty years, he is also one of the first Americans to introduce a critique of popular culture and an examination of language in the visual arts. Although he first made his reputation as a painter, Ruscha is also celebrated for his drawings, prints, films, photographs, and Artist Books. He is often associated with Los Angeles as a Pop and Conceptualist hub, but tends to regard such labels with a satirical, if not jaundiced, eye. Indeed, his work is characterized by the tensions between High and Low, solemn and irreverent, serious and non-sensical, and draws on popular culture as well as Western art traditions" (Publisher's blurb). Meticulously edited by Alexandra Schwartz, the book is in three parts, arranged chronologically: Part One contains statements, letters, and other writings; Part Two, fifty interviews, which have never before been published or translated into English; and Part Three, sketchbook pages, word groupings, and other Notes that chart how Ruscha develops ideas and solves artistic problems. Part Three is therefore art-as-process, and appears in this volume for the very first time. All three parts cohere, and are characterized by the artist's slippery genius. "Good art should elicit a response of 'Huh? Wow! ' as opposed to 'Wow! Huh? ' " (Ed Ruscha). An absolute "must-have" title for Ed Ruscha collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Ed Ruscha. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Ruscha signed this copy through his New York gallery. Laid-in is a pristine copy of Gagosian Gallery's Souvenir Card. This title is a great art book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with Gallery Souvenir) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with 80 plates. One of the greatest artists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ED RUSCHA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0262182203. $400.00

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