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Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha

4.54  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) is among the most popular American artists working today. His evocations of commonplace subjects have earned him a reputation as a Pop artist, while his interest in language and typography has aligned him with Conceptual art. This book, published to accompany Ruscha's first museum retrospective of drawings, showcases his singular vision and his wide ran ...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Whitney Museum of American Art (first published June 1st 2004)
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Michael Vagnetti
Sep 29, 2014 Michael Vagnetti rated it it was amazing

1) They take a documentary approach. They are about facts, and are functional, like the words in a manual for something you were trying to do.
2) They are premeditated instead of emotional. This puts the onus on the viewer-reader.
3) They emphasize the comedic value of the words.
4) They are not grounded in an established typeface - this is a different kind of word.
2) Words are not entirely effable. Reading as a material activity, and it might not be immaterial. To use a word is like using a thing
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Matt
Dec 26, 2007 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The best collection of Ruscha's work I've seen in print. Bought it after being astounded by his exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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Nov 29, 2012 A rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, museum-catalogue
Wish .i could have seen this exhibition. The book is large enough to have beautiful images of Ruscha's drawings.
Stefan
Oct 04, 2010 Stefan rated it really liked it
... will be contacting this publisher to finally get my book Cotton Smokes into hardback...
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