My Newfound Appreciation for Ed Ruscha

To be really honest I know basically nothing about Ed Ruscha, only that he’s a fancy artist who started painting in the late 50’s. In fact. I don’t know a lot about fine art or art history, it really hasn’t interested me very much up until the last few years. It’s not that I don’t have an appreciation, it’s just never clicked for me.

The other night I was watching the Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton documentary and Mr. Ruscha’s came up at one of his shows and I thought that I should take a second to look him up. As it turns out he has a pretty great website with large photos of his work dating back to 1958. It’s kind of surprising to see an artist of his age and caliber actually have a decent site. Most of the time it’s tiny images or some Flash bullshit.

Anyhow, just wanted to say that I like these paintings in particular. They’re simple but bold and the scale is pretty crazy too, most of these are like six feet wide. Be sure to visit his site and look through all his work.


August 25, 2010