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Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board

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W036396 | $50.00 / 10% library disc.

Jennifer Quick. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2022.

200 pp. Well illustrated (some col.). 27 x 19 cm. LC 2021-948837 In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9780300256925

Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) emerged onto the Los Angeles art scene with paintings that incorporated consumer products, such as Spam and SunMaid raisins. In this revelatory book, Jennifer Quick looks at Ruscha’s work through the tools, techniques, and habits of mind of commercial art and design, showing how his training and early work as a commercial artist helped him become an incisive commentator on the presence and role of design in the modern world. The book explores how Ruscha mobilized commercial design techniques of scale, paste-up layout, and perspective as he developed his singular artistic style. Beginning with his formative design education and focusing on the first decade of his career, Quick analyzes previously unseen works from the Ruscha archives alongside his celebrated paintings, prints, and books, demonstrating how Ruscha’s engagement with commercial art has been foundational to his practice. Through this insightful lens, Quick affirms Ruscha as a powerful and witty observer of the vast network of imagery that permeates visual culture and offers new perspectives on Pop and conceptual art.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- Post-1945 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

Artist(s): Ruscha, Ed

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