Ed Ruscha, OUR FLAG (reverse), 2018, exhibition view Secession 2018, photo: Sophie Thun, Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian

Ed Ruscha

Double Americanisms

November 16, 2018 – January 20, 2019

In more than sixty years, Ed Ruscha has built an oeuvre encompassing conceptual photographs, paintings, drawings, artist’s books, prints, and films that chronicle the development of the American West and of Los Angeles in particular in a singular artistic idiom. Widely acclaimed as a sober-minded and dispassionate witness and historian, outspoken and enigmatic at once, Ruscha is gifted with a keen sense for linguistic humor and the comedy of everyday life. The conception of his most recent exhibition reveals him to be not only an alert observer, but also a master of the well-placed allusion and spellbinding and witty storyteller. Although most of the works on view are recent, Double Americanisms undertakes an unexpected revision of his own oeuvre. The exhibition showcases altogether fifty-seven works—conceptual digital prints and an extended series of painted language pictures as well as handmade book objects and artist’s books in display cases.


Ed Ruscha, born in 1937 in Omaha (Nebraska), lives and works in Los Angeles.