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Ruscha, Ed (Artist/Subject); Ellroy, James; Rugoff, Ralph & Schwartz, Alexandra (Contributors). ED RUSCHA: FIFTY YEARS OF PAINTING. New York City, NY: Hayward Publishing/Distributed Art Publishers, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 192 pages. Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. One of the best books on the art and achievement of Ed Ruscha. The First Hardcover Slipcased Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Ed Ruscha: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the spine, as issued. Art by Ed Ruscha. Text by the great American novelist James Ellroy and Ruscha specialists Ralph Rugoff and Alexandra Schwartz. Pictorial hard board slipcase. It features "Standard Station", one of Ruscha's most influential works. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated and uncoated stock papers in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the travelling exhibition that commenced at the Hayward Gallery London from October 14, 2009 through January 10, 2010 and travelled on to other major venues. Presents "Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting". His best paintings, in one elegant volume. They reaffirm his standing as one of the greatest artists of our time. "Transforming words into icons and images into wide-screen epics, Ed Ruscha has wholly re-conceived the terms of painting for our era. Tagged variously as a Conceptualist, a Pop Artist, a latter-day Surrealist, Ruscha flouts category, or rather incorporates all categories, always surprising and experimenting with both subject and method. His paintings are steeped in our times: Cinema, advertising, logos, late capitalism, and the twists and turns of post-war art have all informed his iconography since the early 1960's, arriving on the cool surfaces of his canvases with magnetic detachment. Ruscha has reinvented the use of words in art, finding disquieting ways to invest language with a weird, throbbing, ambient static" (Publisher's blurb). "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 pen-marker on the title page by Ed Ruscha. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Ed Ruscha's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, particularly badly damaged slipcases, and have NO collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. 80 color plates. One of the greatest artists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ED RUSCHA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1935202065. $500.00

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