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Course of Empire: Paintings by Ed Ruscha

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Inspired by the symmetrical, Jeffersonian layout of the American Pavilian's Neo-Classical architecture, and by Thomas Cole's cycle of the same name, Ed Ruscha installed this ten-painting "Course of Empire" at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Five pieces are painted in color and five in black and white. The artist paired each work from his 1992 "Blue Collar" series with a new colo ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 15th 2005 by Hatje Cantz Publishers
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I see the city in little fragmentary stages...part of something that's more imaginary than documentary.

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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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