Donor Opening Reception for Ed Ruscha and the Great American West

Ed Ruscha was born in Nebraska in 1937 but has lived and worked in SoCal since the late ’50s. His exhibition, “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West”, can be seen for the first time at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco July 16 through October 9.

Ed Ruscha, Valerie Wade
Ed Ruscha, Valerie Wade

Photos: Drew Altizer

Tickets are as low as $20 and are a truly exciting way to see some iconic pieces from the perspective of a person traveling in an automobile. In fact, that is precisely the perspective by which Ruscha was inspired for many of the pieces.

Nion McEvoy
Nion McEvoy

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He decided to move and took the drive to Los Angeles, California from Oklahoma in what was then a newer 1950 Ford sedan along Route 66 when he was 18 years old.

Now 78, Ruscha continues to produce great works of art. In fact, this exhibition includes some prints made in 2014.

Giselle Farris, Navid Armstrong
Giselle Farris, Navid Armstrong

Photos: Drew Altizer

Karen Breuer, the exhibition’s organizing curator, points out that Rusche is known for both his revisiting of topics and incredible skills and talents in varying media, which allows for the observation of both the artist’s and the subject’s changing natures over time. One of those trains of thought which Ruscha often returns to is that of making a word or phrase the topic of his art.

Bruce Perlman, Jeffrey Cairns
Bruce Perlman, Jeffrey Cairns

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In “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West”, the last piece is centered around a phrase containing “The End”. But…”The End” of what? An exhibition or an era?

Gwynned Vitello
Gwynned Vitello

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Patrick Godfrey, Lauren Godfrey
Patrick Godfrey, Lauren Godfrey

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David Laudon, Randy Laroche
David Laudon, Randy Laroche

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Jack Stephenson, David Nash
Jack Stephenson, David Nash

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Robert Beadle, Maria Pitcairn
Robert Beadle, Maria Pitcairn

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Gary Waterson, Mary Dean
Gary Waterson, Mary Dean

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