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Ed Ruscha: Travel Log

September 26, 2020 - January 3, 2021

A painting of black and grey clouds with large white, sans serif text hovering over them that read: THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW.

Join us for a special exhibition of prints and photographs by world renowned artist Ed Ruscha. Rarely seen black and white photographs from Ruscha’s frequent trips from L.A. to Oklahoma in the 1960s reveal inspirations for his iconic prints and paintings, including images of gas stations, diners and the streets of rural towns like Gallup, new Mexico and Winslow, Arizona. Also featured are color lithographs from his well-known “word paintings” series that mix visual formality with playful language.

Ed Ruscha was born on December 16, 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska. His family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1941. In 1956, Ruscha moved to Los Angeles, where he attended Chouinard Art Institute, from which he graduated in 1960. Ruscha’s early paintings attracted notice as part of the Pop art movement of the 1960s; his art also has antecedents in Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism, and would be central to Conceptual art. His work includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, artist’s books, and films, and is in the collections of major national and international museums. Ruscha lives and works in Los Angeles.



September 26, 2020
January 3, 2021
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Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
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Sonoma, CA 95476 United States
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