Born in Nebraska in Ed Ruscha grew up in the mid-west city of Oklahoma. Following an early interest in cartooning, Ruscha pursued a career in. Edward Ruscha Twentysix Gasoline Stations , printed Not on view. Medium: Artist’s book; Dimensions: overall (closed): 7 x 5 1/2 x 1 9/16″ ( x 14 . Edward Ruscha Twentysix Gasoline Stations from Book Covers Not on view. Medium: One from a series of six lithographs; Dimensions: composition: 8.

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When I was in Oklahoma I got a brainstorm in the middle of the night to do this little book called Twentysix Gasoline Stations. There are no cars visible in some of the photographs and almost all are taken from the other side of the highway. There is a connection between my work and my experience with religious icons, and the stations of the cross and the Church generally, but it’s in one of method, you know; I do have some flavors that come over, like the incense But for three people walking across the forecourt on the Sunset Stripa man getting out of his car at Flagstaff, Arizona and a man looking under his hood at LiptonArizonathere are no people present.

Twentysix Gasoline Stations

Ed Ruscha is very much an artist who makes books. But in sic this work read against the photographic landscape of highly aestheticized image-making. Three images are taken at night, including one of Tucumcari, New Mexicothat appears to have been taken from a moving car. Although Ruscha has admitted knowledge of Evans’ work, he has dismissed it as an influence. A spread from Babycakes with Weights Ed Ruscha.

It has 26 photographs on 48 pages. The book was relatively cheap: Originally printed in a numbered edition ofa second edition of was published in and a third of in Olafur Eliasson’s Ice Watch is headed for London.


Edward Ruscha. Twentysix Gasoline Stations from Book Covers. | MoMA

All of the gasoline stations are on Route 66a road that had already been mythologized by the TV series Route 66 and in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrathand later reappeared as a motif in Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider. I wasn’t coming out here [California] to do anything in particular, or to be anything in particular except Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass is similarly deadpan, with a run of blue, inviting pools rounded off with a less swimmer friendly image of a cracked drinking glass.

They are simply a collection of ‘facts’, my book is more like a collection of readymades Archived copy as title All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May Thirty years later, with a quarter of a century of mainstream art world activity between, the aspect of shock-effect and humor has diminished somewhat.

Twentysix Gasoline Stations was first published in although the title page states in an edition of numbered copies. Originally, the book was received poorly; despite being published the same year as Ruscha’s first exhibition at the Ferus GalleryLos Angeles-which also represented Andy Warhol – the book was rejected by the Library of Congress for its ‘unorthodox form and supposed lack of information’.

From the first service station, ‘Bob’s Service’ in Los Angeles where Ruscha lived, the book follows a journey back to Oklahoma City where he had grown up and where his mother still lived.

Archived from the original on Twentysix Gasoline Stationsa modest publication consisting of black and white photographs with captions, is an iconic artist book. Phaidon is headquartered in London and New York City.

The books have the trappings of poppy commercialism about them, like misguided instruction books, or a partially complete guide to life in the 20th century. Pop art Artists’ books Conceptual art Books of stwtions books. The last image is of a Fina gasoline station in GroomTexaswhich Ruscha has suggested should be seen as the beginning of the return journey, ‘like a coda’. I have eliminated all text from my books- I want absolutely neutral material.


I could have saved myself a lot of trouble by loosening up. About fifty copies of the first edition came in a black cardboard slipcase. It has been suggested that these reprints were a deliberate attempt to flood the market in order to maintain the book’s status as a cheap, mass-produced commodity. All my books are identical. No wigs required for this Warhol Xmas card! I knew it would be photographs of twenty-six gasoline stations.

Artists Who Make Books: Ed Ruscha

And away from the catholic church too, and Sister Daniella who gasoliine my knuckles with a pencil the one year I was in parochial school. Archived copy as title link. Apart from this, the numbering on the last page of the first edition and the details of each edition at the beginning of the book, the three are indistinguishable.

Take a look at the Miami club Theaster Gates just opened. Get to know Tomi Ungerer in five images. The front cover has the title printed in red as three separate lines, the stark brightness of the design muted by the wrap around protective cover. All images reproduced in Artists Who Make Books. Sign in Contact About. Each opening of the book reveals one or two photographs in varying but repeated layouts, with the photographs set in rsucha large areas of white space.

Ed Ruscha By offering only ‘technical data’ the artist lets us see something exceptional in pools, gas stations and baby photos. Babycakes with Weightsamps up the humour a little more.