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Ed Ruscha, Dick de Rusha, Los Angeles

Every Building on the Sunset Strip

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Artist

Ed Ruscha, Dick de Rusha, Los Angeles

Date

1966

Medium

Accordion-fold artist’s book, offset printed, with a white cardboard and silver Mylar slipcaseSecond edition

Dimensions

7 3/8 × 5 7/8 × 3/4 inches (18.7 × 14.9 × 1.9 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret and Frank Robinson

Object
Number

2003.010.010

In 1963 Ed Ruscha began producing a series of photographic art books that documented ordinary aspect(…)

In 1963 Ed Ruscha began producing a series of photographic art books that documented ordinary aspects of life in Los Angeles. For Every Building on the Sunset Strip, he mounted a camera to the back of a pickup truck and photographed every building that he passed. The pictures were published in order and labeled with their street numbers, presenting an almost anthropological record of the street and urban experience. Using cheap printing methods and simple paperback bindings, Ruscha created a new genre of artist’s book designed for commercial distributors rather than art galleries. (“The City: Works from the Collection,” cocurated by Andrea Inselmann and Sonja Gandert and presented at the Johnson Museum September 5–December 20, 2015)

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