“The End” by Ed Ruscha


Ed Ruscha, The End, 1992, Öl/ Buchdeckel
Ed Ruscha, The End, 1992, Öl/ Buchdeckel

Published in Kunst und Auktionen – Die Zeitung für den internationalen Markt (Zeit Kunstverlag), 16. 08. 2013, N° 13.   Wort oder Bild? Was ist das effektivere Kommunikationsmittel? Seit den Sechzigerjahren geht Ed Ruscha (*1937) dieser Frage auf den Grund. Die amerikanischen Massenmedien, die urbanen Landschaften mit ihren Kaufhäusern, Tankstellen, Signets und Logos haben ihn während seines Studiums bei Robert Irwin in Los Angeles stark beeinflusst. Er machte sie zum Gegenstand von Gemälden und begann, selbstproduzierte Bücher mit Schwarz-weiß-Fotografien aufzulegen. Mehr als fünfzig Jahre später kreist seine Kunst noch immer um dieselben Themen. Im Gegensatz zu den älteren Buchseiten weisen die neueren jedoch nur die verschiedensten Arten von Flecken auf. Das Museum Brandhorst in München zeigt seine “Bücher und Bilder” noch bis 22. September. —————————–

(the English version especially for this blog)  

Word or picture? Which provokes more effective communication?

Since the 1960s Ed Ruscha has been trying to answer this question. Urban landscapes depicting shopping malls, gas stations and logos have highly influenced the way how the artist sees the world. Fascinated by these objects, he turned them into the subjects of his paintings and started to produce his own books, with black and white photographs on the inside. During his times as a student of Robert Irwin in Los Angeles in the 1960s, American mass media started to gain increasingly more power and importance; this development has, among other things, shaped his university years and his approach towards art. Fifty years later, his work still deals with the same questions. But in contrast to his earlier works, his latest books only show all kinds of different stains.

The Brandhorst Museum in Munich is exhibiting his latest works “Bücher und Bilder” (Books and Pictures) until the 22nd of September. Before that Ruscha curated the exhibition “The Ancient Stole Of Our Great Ideas” at the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum at the end of last year. Fifty years after his first visit to the Viennese museum he curated an exhibition showing the works of other and alongside his own.   

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