• medium Aquatint and hard-ground etching in 4 colors on Somerset white
  • edition 45/50
  • size 30.25w x 44.00h in
  • created 1988
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COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.

Published and printed by: Crown Point Press, San Francisco

Literature: Engberg 159 Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints; Doing Art, Breuer, Fine, and Nash, ppg. 76-77

Collection Note:

Ed Ruscha is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important artists with a career spanning six decades from the early 1960s until the present day. Despite being credited with a Pop sensibility, Ed Ruscha defies categorization with his diverse output of photographic books and tongue-in-cheek photo-collages, paintings, and drawings. Ruscha’s work is inspired by the ironies and idiosyncrasies of life in Los Angeles, which he often conveys by placing glib words and phrases from colloquial and consumerist usage atop photographic images or fields of color.

Rooster, 1988, is one of many Ruscha works referencing the western landscape. His silhouetted images, often of rooster, coyote, and buffalo, stood symbolically as metaphors for the vanishing wild American west. Bringing the drama and nostalgia of film to play in his work, Rooster features scratched lines referencing damaged film from the pre-digital era.