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ED RUSCHA (B. 1937) | Vowel #78 (A), 1996

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • Ed Ruscha (b. 1937)
  • Vowel #78 (A), 1996
  • painted book
  • Book: 4 1/2 by 4 by 1 in. (11.4 by 10.2 by 2.5 cm.); Case: 6 1/4 by 6 1/4 by 3 3/4 in. (15.9 by 15.9 by 9.5 cm.)
acrylic on book cover; signed and dated 'Aug, 24, 1996' and '1996' on the cover page


AIDS Project, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner in September 1996

Catalogue Note

In 1996, Los Angeles based artist Ed Ruscha vowed to create one hundred paintings of vowels on book covers to benefit the AIDS Project in Los Angeles. The AIDS Project is a non-profit organization that provides health care to those battling HIV and AIDS. Ruscha, a passionate typographer, is world renowned for his word paintings as well as his artist books such as ‘Twentysix Gasoline Stations.’ By placing a singular letter on a book cover, Ruscha’s ‘Vowel’ series transports and transcends the perceived boundaries between literature, the written word, and art.