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