Ed Ruscha (1937-), American
CHEESE MOLD STANDARD WITH OLIVE, 1969 [ENGBERG, 31]
Colour silkscreen on wove paper; signed, dated 1969 and numbered 150/150 in pencil to margin
Image/Sheet 19.5" x 36.9" — 49.5 x 93.7 cm.; 25.6" x 40" — 65.1 x 101.6 cm.
As Susan Dackerman observes:
“In Ruscha’s Cheese Mold Standard with Olive, a lone gasoline station rises against a turquoise and seafoam-green sky. A large sign identifies it as one of the many Standard Oil facilities then scattered throughout the United States. Viewed from a low vantage point, the building appears monumental, its sharply angled roof receding dramatically toward the horizon. Empty save a single olive hovering in the sky at upper right, the background evokes the wide-open spaces of the American West. […]”
Ruscha made several different prints featuring the Standard station motif in 1969. The idea emanated from Ruscha’s gelatin silver photographs Standard, Amarillo, Texas, 1962; and Standard, Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 1962 and his painting of a year later, Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas measuring 64 1/2” x 121 3/4”. For each edition of the prints, including this lot dated 1969, Ruscha experimented with different colours, while he maintained the same composition and blended skies.
Susan Dackerman, Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, p. 215, Cat. No. 61
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