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He Up and Went Downtown by Ed Ruscha

He Up and Went Downtown by Ed Ruscha

Baldwin Contemporary



Edition Size: 175

Dimensions: 26.7 cm

Signed In Plate

Condition: Excellent

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Ed Ruscha, He Up and Went Downtown, Porcelain Plate, 2020

Porcelain plate
From a limited edition of 175
10.5 × 10.5 in (26.7 × 26.7 cm)

NOTES: The only edition to date from Ruscha’s ‘Drum Skins’ series. Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins debuts a new body of more than a dozen round paintings made between 2017 and 2019 by the pioneering American artist known for his use of language. The presentation features text Ruscha painted on found drumheads that he has collected over the past forty years. Informed by memories of the distinctive slang he grew up hearing in Oklahoma, the phrases consist of double and triple negatives such as “I Ain’t Telling You No Lie” and “I Never Done Nobody No Harm.” As Ruscha explains, “I grew up with people that spoke this way.…I was very acutely aware of it and amused by it. It seems like you’d run from incorrect English, but I embraced it. I like seeing it and exposing it.

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Ed Ruscha

American artist Ed Ruscha is a pioneer of the 1960’s Pop Art movement known for his signature ‘word paintings’, which incorporate text with images of landscapes. Ruscha studied art in Los Angeles after moving from Omaha, Nebraska in 1956 where he explored a variety of media including painting, collage, printmaking, photography and drawing. His work conflates many influences from Jasper John’s Target with Four Faces (1958), to Pop Artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. His renowned piece OOF, encapsulates popular culture, cartoons and comic strips he drew upon.

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