ed ruscha / stew / 30/456

£4,550.00

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STEWS: from the five print set - Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues

image: 583 x 809mm
frame: 593 x 819mm

original perspex box frame - with some slight damage

numbered, signed and dated by the artist

56 from an edition of 125 + 25 proofs
1970

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geoffrey powell
122 grove lane
london SE5 8BP (viewing by appointment only)
t: +44 0 7713399961
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STEWS: Screenprint, organic, split fount lettering printed with crushed baked beans (H. J. Heinz & Company Ltd, Hayes, Middlesex), caviar (Odden Caviar Limited, Sjaellands Odde, Denmark), fresh strawberries (Agrexco Limited, Israel), cherry pie filling (James Robertson Limited, Regent Street, London) mango chutney (Wilkins & Sons Limited, Tiptree, Essex), tomato paste (Rebaudengo S.A.S. Turin), daffodils (Springfield, Spalding), tulips (Pick Limited, Spalding) and leaves.

Due to the unorthodox materials used in the print - the already almost transparent (as issued) image has faded slightly

the folio is in the British Museum collection

Ed Ruscha’s expansive oeuvre defies easy categorization, though it’s all infused with a kind of deadpan California cool. Since the 1960s, Ruscha has made photographic books, tongue-in-cheek photo collages, paintings, and drawings that demonstrate a keen interest in language and the idiosyncrasies of life in Los Angeles, where the artist has lived since the 1950s. In his most famous works, he places words and phrases from the colloquial and consumerist vernacular atop photographic images or fields of color—a strategy that situates him within a larger Pop art lineage. Ruscha often paints and draws with unusual materials such as gunpowder, blood, and Pepto Bismol, drawing attention to the deterioration of language and the pervasive clichés in American culture. Ruscha’s work has been exhibited across the globe, and the artist has enjoyed solo shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Moderna Museet, in addition to the Venice Biennale, where he represented the United States in 2005. At auction, his work has sold for eight figures.