Edward Ruscha Vicksburg 1960

  • Not on view

“I liked the ring and sound of the names, and they had some link with what I was interested in at the time, which was travel,” Ruscha explained of works like this one. Its title refers to a city in Mississippi through which the artist had once hitchhiked. To make this work on paper, Ruscha drew on the various skills he gained while attending art school in Los Angeles: the neatly letterpressed text recalls his time learning to hand-set metal type at a local printing press, while the blue splotches, in the artist’s words, “elaborate on the beauty of splashing paint.”

Gallery label from ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN, September 10, 2023 – January 13, 2024
Medium
Ink and letterpress on paper
Dimensions
11 x 8 1/2" (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Credit
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange)
Object number
630.2014
Copyright
© 2024 Edward Ruscha
Department
Drawings and Prints
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