Born in Nebraska in Ed Ruscha grew up in the mid-west city of Oklahoma. Following an early interest in cartooning, Ruscha pursued a career in. Results 1 – 14 of 14 TwentySix Gasoline Stations by Ruscha, Edward (Photographer) and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Ruscha catalogue raisonné #B1. The artist’s first book. Ed Ruscha. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. [Third Edition]. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. 1 of 4.

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The first edition was numbered and occasionally signed, which Ruscha later admitted was a “mistake”. The last image is of a Fina gasoline station in GroomTexaswhich Ruscha has suggested should be seen as the beginning of the return journey, ‘like a coda’.

A lot of critics have assigned a religious sub-text to the work, seeing a correlation between the gasoline stations and the 14 Stations of the Crosstraditionally the staging posts between Pilate’s condemnation and the burial of Christ after his crucifixion on Calvary. Olafur Eliasson’s Ice Watch is headed for Statkons. A spread from Babycakes with Weights Ed Ruscha.

Edward Ruscha ‘Twentysix Gasoline Stations’ | Tate

Basket 0 Checkout Sign in. The book has also been cited as an artist’s book equivalent of a road movie, [20] and as a pop version of Walker Evans ‘ photographs of America, such as his deserted gasoline station in ‘Highway Corner Reedsville West Virginia, ‘.

Ruscha would drive home to visit his parents in Oklahoma four or five times a year [9] after leaving home at 18; many of the journeys were taken with his friend and fellow artist Joe Goode.

There is a connection between my work and my experience with religious icons, and the stations of the cross and the Church generally, but it’s in one of method, you know; I do have some flavors that come over, like the incense Three images are taken at night, including one of Tucumcari, New Mexicothat appears to have been taken from a moving car.


It has been suggested that these reprints were a deliberate attempt to flood the market in order to maintain the book’s status as a cheap, mass-produced commodity.

The books have the trappings of poppy commercialism about them, like misguided instruction books, or a partially complete guide to life in the 20th century. But for three people walking across the forecourt on the Sunset Stripa man getting out of his car at Flagstaff, Arizona and a man looking under his hood at LiptonArizonathere are no people present. Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: Pop art Artists’ books Conceptual art Books of photographs books.

Although Ruscha has admitted knowledge of Evans’ work, he has dismissed it as an influence. Artspace’s pick of Untitled Art, Miami. All images reproduced in Artists Who Make Books. And away from the catholic church too, and Sister Daniella who beat my knuckles with a pencil the one year I was in parochial school.

I wasn’t coming out here [California] to do anything in particular, or to be anything in particular except The book was relatively cheap: I knew it would be photographs of twenty-six gasoline stations.

Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass is similarly deadpan, with a run of blue, inviting pools rounded off with a less swimmer friendly image of a cracked drinking glass. The artist closely supervised the design and printing of the book. Tweets about ” Phaidon”. Twentysix Gasoline Stationsa modest publication consisting of black and white photographs with captions, is an iconic artist book.

Published in April [1] on his own imprint National Excelsior Press, [2] it is often considered to be the first modern artist’s book, [3] and has become famous as a precursor and a major influence on the emerging artist’s book culture, especially in America. Twentysix Gasoline Stations was first published in although the title page states in an edition of numbered copies. There are no cars visible in some of the photographs and almost all are taken from the other side of the highway.


Apart from this, the numbering on the last page of the first edition and the details of each edition at the beginning of the book, the three are indistinguishable.

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This page was last edited on 12 Julyat Dated in the foreword and rusfha to Patty Callahan, the book comprises twenty-six photographs of various dimensions and proportions; most are laid out on a single page with the text facing the image; some go across the double spread, a few are placed next to each other.

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From Wikipedia, gsoline free encyclopedia. Clive Phillpot, writer, curator and former Director of the Library at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, observes that the photographs are not reproduced in a linear sequence, with five photographs out of order.

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‘Twentysix Gasoline Stations’, Edward Ruscha, | Tate

But in sic this work read against the photographic landscape of highly aestheticized image-making. Who is Jean Jullien giving his book to this Christmas? The book is covered with a semi-transparent glassine dust jacket for protection. Ed Ruscha is very much an artist who makes books. The NY Times loves everything about our Freud book.

Archived from the original on I knew the title. Archived copy as title All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May No wigs required for this Warhol Xmas card! Babycakes with Weightsamps up the humour a little more. I have eliminated all text from my books- I want absolutely neutral material.

About fifty copies of the first edition came in a black cardboard slipcase.