Edward Ruscha Spread 1972

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Following an invitation to participate in Documenta 5—an art exhibition that occurs every five years in Kassel, Germany—Ruscha chose to display a selection of his artist’s books, as well as a monumental drawing produced for the occasion. To make the work, he patiently rubbed chewing tobacco onto a large rectangular sheet of paper, spelling out the word spread before rendering it in reverse on the work’s back side. The drawing is hung from the ceiling so that its double-sided composition can be fully appreciated, floating like the hovering sheets and objects that Ruscha depicted in drawings of the period.

Gallery label from ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN, September 10, 2023 – January 13, 2024
Tobacco stain on both sides of paper
42 x 144" (106.7 x 365.8 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr.
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© 2024 Edward Ruscha
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