Following an apprenticeship with a Los Angeles-based printer, Ruscha found himself compelled by the medium’s nuanced and reproducible nature. Now considered the backbone of his oeuvre, Ruscha uses printmaking to describe the idiosyncrasies of life in Los Angeles. His works usually draw attention to Ruscha’s specific urban vernacular, which is generally comprised of glib phrases; however, while “Liberty” maintains particular emphasis on his distinct typographic style, the artist opts for patriotic colors and verbiage instead.

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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 gives 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.

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Liberty, 2011
Lot Number 11
Lithograph and screenprint in colors on 300gsm Rives BFK paper
25.75 x 19.75 in (65.41 x 50.17 cm)
Edition of 75
18 AP
Signed on lower right, recto

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  • Dimensions
    25.75 x 19.75 in (65.41 x 50.17 cm)