Ed Ruscha: Standard

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on September 28th, 2012

Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966, Museum Acquisition Fund, © 2012 Ed Ruscha.
All rights reserved, photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA

Ed Ruscha is one of my favourite living artists and I particularly enjoy his work that examines the language and images of the American vernacular. A new exhibition — Ed Ruscha: Standard — recently opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that considers this aspect of his practice and it looks like a fantastic show. The title references Ruscha’s series of works which highlight the ubiquity of Standard Oil gas stations along Route 66 which the artist frequented often as he traveled from his family home in Oklahoma to Los Angeles in the 1950s and 60s. Featuring more than 100 works drawn soley from LACMA’s collection, the exhibition is designed to coincide with the Museum’s Fall Art + Film Gala in October that will honour Ruscha along with filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.


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