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Thinks I, To Myself serves as a prime example of Ed Ruscha’s recurring use of text in his artworks. Known for bluntly presenting words in bold type face, Ruscha often selects nonsensical phrases to underscore a degeneration of language. In this case, the text is pulled from the title of a book by Edward Nares that was published in 1827. Both the text and the dove-grey backdrop of the print appear to be swept in blur, drawing attention back to the artist’s hand and reinforcing the sense of interiority evoked in the printed text. This print is published by the Royal Academy of Art in London, where Ruscha is an Honorary Royal Academician.
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