Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha
Metro Mattresses

‘The mattresses become not just litter in the landscape but more like scary animals.’ — Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha has been casting his eye across the landscapes of the American west for over 50 years, taking in everything from gas stations to swimming pools to sublime mountain ranges.

The artist noticed the mattresses cast aside on the streets of LA and began photographing them systematically before translating the images into pictures on paper-like museum board.

The consistent neutral background emphasises the typological nature and the heightened formality of the series, transforming the boxes of springs and padding into geometric abstractions.

Designed in close collaboration with Ruscha, this lavish cardboard-paged artist’s book is published retrospectively of the exhibition at Sprüth Magers, Berlin, 3 November 2015 – 16 January 2016.

Printed in an edition of 1,500 copies.

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Illusion and Reality

Major Australian touring exhibition exploring realism and illusion in art (across new realist painting, pop, photography, conceptualism, minimalism, abstraction, ceramics, even architecture) with a catalogue of 71 works by 44 international artists and groups. Introduction and notes on the artists by John Stringer; statements by Audrey Flack, Stephen Posen and Josef Raffael; biographical notes on the artists, including exhibitions and collections; statement on realism by Raymond Williams. Exhibition organized by the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, and shown at seven locations throughout Australia.

Artists: Ian Burn, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Joseph Kosuth, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Marilyn Levine, Dale Hickey, Jenny Watson, Jan Dibbets, Chuck Close, SITE, Michael Snow, Tom Wesselman, Claudio Bravo, Malcolm Morley, Michael Snow, Robert Bechtle, Tom Blackwell, Christian Boltanski, Santiago Cardenas, John Clem Clarke, William Delafield Cook,  Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Jan Groover, Duane Hanson, Peter Kennedy, Ron Kleeman, Richard Larter, Victor Lance Henderson, Terry Schoonhoven, Richard McLean, Jud Nelson, John Okulick, Philip Pearlstein,, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Liliana Porter, Stephen Posen, Joseph Raffael, Ben Schonzeit, Paul Sharits, Sonia Landy Sheridan, and more.

* Condition: Very Good (light tanning/wear) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Ordinary Pictures


Despite its apparent throwaway status, the stock image comprises the primary commodity of a billion-dollar global industry with far-reaching effects in the marketplace and the public sphere. Taking this overlooked facet of contemporary life as a point of departure, “Ordinary Pictures” explores the photographic apparatuses and commercial interests that have given rise to our generic image culture through the conceptual image-based work of some 40 artists, including John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanovi c, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Steve McQueen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Amanda Rossotto, Ed Ruscha, Steven Shore, Sturtevant, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel and Christopher Williams. Spanning generations, movements and artistic strategies from the 1960s to the present day, this publication brings together works by artists who have probed, mimicked and critiqued this aspect of our visual environment as well as its industrial modes of production and distribution. Through the work of these artists and a series of scholarly essays, the catalogue aims to examine different operations of the generic image in culture, namely its anonymous circulation and editorial uses, its adaptability and reproducibility, its technical processes of production, its claim to copyright and artistic license and its tendency toward abstraction. Featuring a unique, coil-bound design reminiscent of stock photo catalogues and a flexidisc recording by the artist Jack Goldstein, this highly collectible book ultimately reflects on contemporary art’s own complicit function as an expanding industrial image economy.

Edited by Eric Crosby, texts by Lane Relyea and Thomas Beard.

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Hotel Carlton Palace, Chamber 763
An Exhibition by Hans Ulrich Obrist

In 1993 Hans Ulrich Obrist organised an unannounced exhibition with works by 70 artists in the 12 square metres of a hotel room in Paris. He also lived in the room for the duration of the exhibition.

Artists in the original exhibition included Ed Ruscha, Franz West, Maurizio Cattelan, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Gilbert & George, Isa Genzken, Douglas Gordon, Sarah Lucas, Gerhard Richter and many others.

With this publication Hans Ulrich Obrist takes the reader on an imaginary tour through his legendary exhibition, illustrated with numerous photographs by Pierre Leguillon and others. Original written communications between Obrist and the artists as well as a site plan indicating where the works were installed, enhance the documentation.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Room Service: On the Hotel in the Arts and Artists in the Hotel at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 22 March – 22 June 2014.

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