The Emily Fisher Landau Collection: An Era Defined | Evening Auction

The Emily Fisher Landau Collection: An Era Defined | Evening Auction

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Ed Ruscha

Securing the Last Letter (Boss)

Auction Closed

November 9, 12:13 AM GMT


35,000,000 - 45,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Ed Ruscha

(b. 1937)

Securing the Last Letter (Boss)

signed, titled and dated 1964 (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas

59 by 55 1/8 in. 149.9 by 140 cm.

Executed in 1964. 

Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles

Ed and Audrey Sabol, Villanova, Pennsylvania (acquired by 1967) 

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (LC# ER 13)

Acquired from the above in February 1988 by the present owner

Nancy Marmer, "Reviews: Edward Ruscha, Ferus Gallery," Artforum, December 1964, vol. 3, p. 12 

Irving Blum, "The Antic Art of Edward Ruscha," Los Angeles Magazine, 1968, p. 32, illustrated 

David Bourdon, "A Heap of Words About Ed Ruscha," Art International, 1971, p. 26, illustrated

Patricia Failing, “Ed Ruscha, Young Artist: Dead Serious About Being Nonsensical,” ARTnews, vol. 81, April 1982, p. 78

Ed Ruscha, Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages, Cambridge, 2002, p. 231

Exh. Cat., Philadelphia, The Gershman Y, A Happening Place: How the Arts Council Revolutionized the Philadelphia Art Scene in the Sixties, 2003, p. 18, illustrated in color (detail)

Pat Poncy, ed., Edward Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume One: 1958-1970, New York, 2003, no. P1964.13, pp. 146-147, illustrated in color

Richard D. Marshall, Ed Ruscha, London and New York, 2003, p. 42-43, illustrated in color

Mark Stephen Archer, The New Formal: Interiors by James Aman, New York, 2016, p. 25, illustrated in color (in installation) 

John Thomason, "Norton's New Exhibition a Trove of Contemporary Art Riches," Boca Magazine, 16 March 2022, illustrated in color (online)

Exh. Cat., New York, The Museum of Modern Art (and traveling), Ed Ruscha / Now Then: A Retrospective, September 2023 - January 2024, p. 159 

Los Angeles, Ferus Gallery, Edward Ruscha, October - November 1964

New York, Pace Gallery, 5 at Pace, March 1965, p. 5, illustrated

Philadelphia, Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, How the West Has Done! A Wild West Show, March 1966 

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Collects Art Since 1940, September - November 1986, p. 82, illustrated

Newport Beach, Newport Harbor Art Museum; Seattle, University of Washington, Henry Art Gallery; Palm Springs Desert Museum; New York, Neuberger Museum, State University of Purchase; and Phoenix Art Museum, L.A. Pop in the Sixties, April 1989 - August 1990, no. 82, p. 133, illustrated in color and p. 136 

New York, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Articulations: Forms of Language in Contemporary Art, May - June 1995, p. 30 

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art and Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art, Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art, October 1996 - May 1997 

Philadelphia, Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pop/Abstraction, February - April 1998 

New York, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Edward Ruscha, 2001

London, Hayward Gallery; Munich, Haus der Kunst; and Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting, October 2009 - September 2010, pp. 90, 185, illustrated in color

New York, Craig F. Starr Gallery, Ed Ruscha: Ace Radio Honk Boss, October 2018 - January 2019, no. 10, pp. 18, 21, illustrated in color and p. 19, illustrated in color (detail) 

West Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art, A Remarkable Gathering: The Fisher Landau Family Collection, March - September 2022