Ed Ruscha

Ghost Station, 2011

Mixografia on handmade paper
From an edition of 85
Signed and dated in graphite lower right margin beneath image; edition lower left
27 1/4 x 46 inches (69.2 x 116.8 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
New York
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Ed Ruscha is an American artist known for his work in the Pop art movement. He is particularly known for his series of paintings and prints featuring words, phrases, and imagery related to the American West. One of his most famous works is "Ghost Station", which is an image of an abandoned gas station in the California desert. Ruscha used a flat, unmodulated style of painting, with minimal lines and no use of color. The image is taken from a low angle, which gives it a sense of monumentality and drama. The original photograph of this station is characterized by its use of bold, contrasting colors. The composition of the photograph is simple, with the station being the main subject and the surrounding desert being the background. Ruscha's Ghost Station is an iconic image that is a reference to one of his most widely reproduced artworks and is considered one of the most significant works of art of the 20th century.

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