Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Day Auction

New York

Ed Ruscha
B. 1937
signed and dated 1972
gunpowder on paper 
11 1/2 by 29 in. 29.2 by 73.7 cm.
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Locksley Shea Gallery, Minneapolis
Collection of Barbara and Edward Okun, New Mexico
Sotheby's, New York, 13 May 2004, Lot 151
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by Marc Jacobs in January 2005


Minneapolis Institute of Art, Edward Ruscha (Ed-werd Rew-shay), Young Artist, April - May 1972, cat. no. 37


Lisa Turvey, Ed., Edward Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on PaperVolume One: 1956-1976, New York 2014, cat. no. D1972.04, p. 303, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"These gunpowder drawings are quintessential examples of Ruscha's singular manner of seeing as it had matured through the late 1960s. The lettering is three-dimensional, the modulated grounds are dramatic, the oblique angles are precise, and the framing is more sophisticated...Ruscha's translation of an abstract idea into a material but imaginary image endows these works with a mysterious, uncanny atmosphere." 

Margit Rowell in Exh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha, 2004-2005, p. 17

Contemporary Art Day Auction

New York