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Edward RUSCHA

Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America born 1937

Edward RUSCHA

Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America born 1937

publisher

Dick de RUSCHA

printer

Every building on the Sunset Strip ['Every building ON THE SUNSET STRIP' and 'The Sunset Strip'] 1966 Description: a soft-cover, accordion folded artist's book containing offset reproductions of two extended panoramic photographic collages of each side of Los Angeles' Sunset Strip between Laurel Canyon and Cory Street
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, artist's books, Planographic offset lithograph, printed in black ink; glued and folded with 27 pleats. Support: white paper
Impression: 1st edition
Edition: 1st edition 1966: 1000 unsigned and unnumbered; 2nd edition 1971: 5000 unsigned and unnumbered
Publisher: RUSCHA, Edward
Place Published: Los Angeles, California
Date Published: 1966

Edition Notes: 1st edition 1966: 1000 unsigned and unnumbered; printed by Dick de Ruscha, Los Angeles 2nd edition 1971: 5000 unsigned and unnumbered; printed by Cinema Center Printing Co., Hollywood; 7.3 cm shorter than first edition the artist may have completed a small edition of 500 in 1969
Primary Insc: printed title front centre of front and spine, silver ink "THE SUNSET STRIP"; printed title page, black ink: "EVERY BUILDING / ON THE / SUNSET / STRIP / EDWARD RUSCHA / 1966" followed by copyright page (verso)
Dimensions: book (closed) 18.0 h x 14.4 w x 1.0 d cm extended 18.0 h x 760.7 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Engberg & Phillpot, 'Edward Ruscha editions 1959-1999', vol. 1 pp. 84-89, vol. 2 p. 124 (cat. B4)
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.1723
Image rights: © ED RUSCHA

Ruscha created a number of books throughout the 1960s which together form a sort of survey of the streetscape of Los Angeles, California. For Every building on the sunset strip he fixed a camera on the back of his truck and drove up and down the street one way and then back the other. The way the project was made is indicated by the erratic, collage-like effect, with the images overlapping disjointedly. Buildings are identified by their street number alone. It replicates experiencing the city as a passing scene from the car window and suggests that the nature of the city is one that is ever changing, elusive and unknowable.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Ruscha created a number of books throughout the 1960s which together form a sort of survey of the streetscape of Los Angeles, California. For Every building on the sunset strip he fixed a camera on the back of his truck and drove up and down the street one way and then back the other. The way the project was made is indicated by the erratic, collage-like effect, with the images overlapping disjointedly. Buildings are identified by their street number alone. It suggests that the nature of the city is one that is ever changing, elusive and unknowable.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra