ED RUSCHA | Fly-Proof



gunpowder and pastel on paper
22⅝ by 28⅝ in. 57.5 by 72.7 cm.
Executed in 1973.

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Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg
Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Galerie Gilbert Brownstone, Paris
Private Collection
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Paris, Galerie Gilbert Brownstone, Ed Ruscha: Quelques dessins, May - June 1985

Lisa Turvey, Ed., Edward Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper: Vol. 1: 1956-1976, New York 2014, cat. no. D1973.64, p. 348, illustrated in color

Ed Ruscha’s Fly-Proof from 1973 is an icon of West Coast Pop and Conceptualism, exhibiting the artist’s signature mixture of commercial aesthetics with a deep intellectual engagement in semiotics. Delineated in a gothic script that variously recalls cover texts on classic novels and logos on alcohol bottles, the eponymous Fly-Proof hovers ethereally over the dusky field of pastel. Isolating the words in the center of the composition, Ruscha decontextualizes language, exposing it for its strangeness and leaving room for new interpretations and meanings. Describing his process, the artist has stated, “I have always operated on a kind of waste-retrieval method. I retrieve and renew things that have been forgotten or wasted.” (The artist in: Bernard Brunon, “Interview with Edward Ruscha,” in Edward Ruscha, exh. cat., Octobre des Arts, Lyon, 1985, p. 95). As in all of Ruscha’s most celebrated images, in the present work, mundane text is made extraordinary, “retrieved” by the artist and utterly transformed into something both familiar and new.

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