ed ruscha qca exhibition 2017

roads and people

Ed Ruscha
USA

Twenty Six Gasoline Stations
1st edition 1963; 2nd edition 1967; 3rd edition 1969
Twenty Six Gasoline Stations is Ruscha first Book. It comprises of ordinary photographs by the artist of gas stations taken on his journey from Los Angeles to his home town of Nebraska.
48 pages (28 pages containing 26 photographic illustrations [10 accompanied by captions on the same page}; 16 pages containing captions only; 1 title page; 1 dedication page; 1 colophon page; 1 blank page). 3rd edition: copyright page listing 1st and 2nd printings)
Ref: (selected)
Engbert, S 1999, Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999, Walker Art Centrer, Minneapolis. Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 1 pp. 92-93; Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 2 p. 123, B1.
Lailach,M 2005, Printed Matter. Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek The Marzona Collection at the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, p. 156.
Parr, M. & Badger, G. The Photobook: A History Vol. II, Phaidon Press, London. p.140 (illustrated)

Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions

A Few Palm Trees (1971)
This was Ruscha’s thirteenth book. The title does not appear on the solid black cover. It contains 14 photos of palm trees.
‘Ruscha said, “I guess at that time I was more involved in botanical phenomena…I thought, well, this is maybe something I should investigate”’ Phillpot in Engberg. vol. 2. p. 74.
Ref: (selected)
Engbert, S 1999, Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999, Walker Art Centrer, Minneapolis. Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 1 pp. 92-93; Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 2 p. 125, B13.
Lailach,M 2005, Printed Matter. Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek The Marzona Collection at the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, p. 159.

Coloured People (1972)
‘Coloured People has a yellow cover bearing the title and contains fifteen stripped photos of plants, mostly cacti, printed in color, succeeded by seventeen blank spreads…Apart from the opening credits, there are no words in Coloured People (which was true of Ruscha’s only other book in color, Nine Swimming Pools.’ Phillpot in Engberg, vol. 2. p. 74
Ref:
Engbert, S 1999, Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999, Walker Art Centrer, Minneapolis. Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 1 pp. 92-93; Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 2 p. 126, B16.
Lailach,M 2005, Printed Matter. Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek The Marzona Collection at the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, p. 159.

Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions

Royal Road Test
1st edition 1967; 2nd 1969; 3rd 1971, 4th 1980
A soft-cover artist’s book containing 64 pages and 36 offset reproductions of black and white photographs taken by Edward Ruscah, Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell documenting in the manner of a forensic report the effects of a Royal (Model “X”) typewriter, thrown from a 1963 Buick ‘La Sabre’ at 90 mph, with captions.
‘In 1967 he published Royal Road Test, the first of his books in which there was collaboration over content…(It) is a picture-book story of a Royal manual typewriter that was thrown out of the window of a 1963 Buick travelling at ninety miles per hour. Ruscha is cast in the role of the driver, Blackwell the photographer, and Williams the “thrower.” The core of the books is the photographic examination of the wreckage of the typewriter strewn over many square yards, spoofing the methods of an investigator analysing the demise of an automobile prototype…’ Phillpot in Engberg. vol. 2. p. 68
Ref:
Engbert, S 1999, Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis. Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 1 pp. 92-93; Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 2 p. 124, B6,
Lailach,M 2005, Printed Matter. Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek The Marzona Collection at the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, p. 159.
Moline, K & Campbell, K (comp.) 1987, IN PRINT. Vol.1. Artists’ Books, The Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, The University of Sydney.

Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions