Ed Ruscha

A copy of this rare work has only ever appeared at auction twice. It is a document of the inventiveness of Ruscha's printmaking in late 1960s Los Angeles at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop.

Named after the avenue on which it was located, and originally funded by the Ford Foundation, Tamarind schooled apprentice printers by inviting them on two-month fellowships. Rather than pay to make prints, the workshop's funding allowed the artists to keep the editions they made there, and to produce as many editions as possible, all leading to their certification as master printers. With no commercial concerns to worry about, this led to wild experimentation. It was to be Ruscha's most prolific engagement with the print medium to date, producing 22 colour lithographs in his time there.

"If he had not already done so with his paintings, Ruscha revealed himself with the prints of the late 1960s and early 1970s to be an extraordinary colourist, one who was open to the interpretive possibilities available with ink and the printed surface. Anchovy was glossed with a film of pearlescent ink, imparting to the blue-grey surface the silvery look of a fish. The ink for Made In California was matched perfectly to a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice, and Mint was executed in exact peppermint pink. The richness of colour and attention to surface in both the Tamarind and Cirrus works of the period confirmed that Ruscha’s prints were as painterly as were his works in any medium."

(Quoted text by Siri Engberg)

Ed Ruscha (b.1937)
Lithograph on Copperplate Deluxe paper
17 x 24 in : 43.0 x 61.0 cm
An artist's proof aside from the edition of 20, signed, inscribed and dated by the artist
Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles
Printed in 2 colours in 2 runs from one aluminium plate and one stone. 1. green - plate; 2. gray - stone. This impression in excellent condition.
John Sommers for Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles
Engberg 20
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