American, born in 1937
An iconic of the Californian art scene since the 1960’s, Ed Ruscha conveys an ironic and distanced look at the American Way of Life. As a heir to the Beat Generation and the new Pop culture, he questions the myth of the consumer society and mass communication. He draws comparisons between the Hollywood myth and the economic reality of the United States.
Ed Ruscha uses many mediums such as painting, drawing, photography and artist’s books. These mediums nevertheless come together through an experience of the city, a tenuous link between text and image and a repetitive and serial approach which is specific to the Pop aesthetics.
Ed Ruscha’s works from the Pinault Collection were shown for the first time in the 2006 « Post-Pop » exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, Venice.