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They Called Her Styrene

4.52 of 5 stars 4.52  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  6 reviews
American artist Ed Ruscha began making prints and drawings consisting of one word on an often monochromatic, abstract background in the late 1950s and has continued to explore the language-based imagery that has become a hallmark of his work. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1937, Ruscha moved to Los Angeles in 1956, excited by the newness, mobility and freedom represented by th ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published January 10th 2000 by Phaidon Press
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Samuel
Paintings first, foremost and ultimately -- not really a "read," but who gives a shit because Ruscha understands and uses and delights in language in a way you only wish most poets would.
Michael Alexander
Best work with sometimes creepy, sometimes hilariously banal aphorisms this side of Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holtzer. I heart book art.

"I PLEAD INSANITY BECAUSE I'M JUST CRAZY ABOUT THAT LITTLE GIRL"

"THAT HOUSING TRACT IS ONLY TEXTURE"

"SHE SURE KNEW HER DEVOTIONALS"
Melissa
Five stars because:
1) Ed Ruscha is amazing
2) Nice-ish print quality
3) Over 600 pages!
4) Complete index
5) Short, wide shape makes it perfect for showing off freestanding on your coffee table.
Susan
Sep 17, 2007 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: If you're into art books.
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Sublime. How many times has that term been used in the art world? "Read" this book and you will understand it’s true meaning.
Igor Stanojević
this book contains the mostly complete life work of ed ruscha; it's alright.
chase Adams
what a man can do with words
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Born in 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska, Edward Ruscha was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where his family moved in 1941. In 1956 he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Chouinard Art Institute, and had his first solo exhibition in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery. In 1973, Ruscha began showing his work with Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. He continues to live and work in Los Angeles, and currently shows wit ...more
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