Ed Ruscha (1937-)
Lot 1 Details
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.
Prominent Private Collection
Susan Dackerman, Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, p. 215, Cat. No. 61
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.