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Ed Ruscha

Thinks I, to Myself, 2017

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Lot 53
Lithograph in colors on wove paper
12.8 x 21.1 in (32.5 x 53.5 cm)
Edition of 80
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto; blind-stamped by the publisher


This work ships from the United Kingdom.


While on the surface, this work might appear as a mere sentence, Ed Ruscha is cleverly referencing a novel by Edward Nares titled, 'Thinks I, to Myself’ written in 1811. The novel follows the thoughts of a young man as he observes the interactions of all the different people around him. The visits his parents receive and the following discussions, the neighbor’s conversations, and all other social events are observed from a very innocent, almost naïve outlook. Thus, ‘Thinks I, to Myself’ suggests a meditation upon our the world around us. As Ruscha smudges the red of the letters, he implies an almost satirical realization of our society.

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About Ed Ruscha

Edward (Ed) Ruscha IV (American, b. 1937) is associated with the Pop art movement. Encompassing painting, drawing, and photography, Ruscha's works hold a mirror up to the banality of urban life and give order to the barrage of mass media-fed images and information that confronts us daily. Ruscha's early career as a graphic artist continues to strongly influence his aesthetic and thematic approach. He regularly combines the cityscape of his adopted hometown of Los Angeles with a typically American vernacular to communicate a particular urban experience.