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• NEWS: 11th of AUGUST 2018 •
The King Of The West Coast Heads East
STORY BY: SALLY A. EDWARDS
IMAGES COURTESY OF © ED RUSCHA. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND GAGOSIAN
Get ready for Ed Ruscha - VERY
There’s a city called Bergen on Norway’s southwestern coast surrounded by stunning mountains and fjords. Within its landscape lies KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, one of the largest museums for art, craft, design and music in the Nordic countries.
This autumn, KODE will host a large scale show by one of the most celebrated artists of the postwar era, Ed Ruscha aptly called “Ed Ruscha - VERY”.
The exhibition — in conjunction with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, runs from September 14th to December 16th.
Ed Ruscha was born in 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Oklahoma then relocated to Los Angeles in his early twenties. Despite several thoughts of moving, Ed Ruscha stayed put becoming known as the “King of the West Coast”. He was also part of LA’s art scene known as the Cool School which included Dennis Hopper — who I had the privilege of interviewing several years back. There was an inspiring and rich feel about this set. They broke ground and created something incredibly fresh that nourishes my zest for creating every single time I get to absorb their work.
I’ve been lucky enough to see several of Ed Ruscha’s pieces in London over the years. I remember standing before the large scale paintings and prints of text, gas stations, landscapes and type.
There really is something about being in exactly the same position as the artist when they created each piece because you not only get to view it and see the detail up close, but you also get to absorb the energy that still flows from it no matter where the piece hangs.
Sarah and I intensely studied art throughout our education and still feel it compulsory to continue that learning and consumption, because it really does go pay to be consistent in curiosity.
Ed Ruscha - VERY will present a selection of works on paper beginning in the 1960s right up to the present.
We would highly recommend seeing renowned art whenever possible and taking it in in your own space, it’s here the ever tasteful and classy publishers, Hatje Cantz step in having released a catalog to accompany the show so you can take it with you. The book features 50 pieces and a conversation with curator, Anders Kold.
WORKS FROM THE UBS ART COLLECTION
Ed. Mary Rozell, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, texts by George Condo, Anders Kold, Mary Rozell, Poul Erik Tøjner, graphic design by Julia Wagner, grafikanstalt
2018. 120 pp., 71 ills. clothbound
28.00 x 24.00 cm
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