Whether you’re a pop-art enthusiast or entirely new to the 1950s movement, you will no doubt enjoy Edward Ruscha’s latest exhibition at Bankside’s Tate Modern, an eclectic showcase of the American artist’s existing works spanning an incredible sixty-year career.
Experience the multitalented LA-based artist-come-painter, photographer, print and film maker’s works like never before, each brought together in a spectacular collective display including some of his most iconic creations, free for all to appreciate and enjoy as part of the Tate’s ARTIST ROOMS collection.
A selection of Ruscha’s artist’s books will be displayed, such as Various Small Fires 1964 and Every Building on the Sunset Strip 1966, along with an array of impressive text-based paintings and his renowned photographic series, which have gained him recognition as an illustrious photographer. From artsy photographs of LA swimming pools and parking lots, to those inspired by Hollywood cinema (The Final End 1993), there will be plenty to see and explore.
Renowned for his avant-garde paintings which often include impactful pop-art inspired phrasing and the use of innovative materials to produce a multitude of textures – his acclaimed work DANCE? 1973 even incorporated a meaningful combination of consumable materials such as ketchup, egg white, mustard and coffee – Ruscha is considered a key figure within the pop-art movement. His satirical, authentic and thought-provoking works are heavily influenced by the architecture, topography and mass media within Los Angeles, often commenting on the rise of American consumer culture, society and politics.
Ruscha has also donated 40 works on paper to the Tate’s ARTIST ROOMS, the institutions long-standing contemporary art collection, in which he previously gifted his painting The Music from the Balconies 1984 to the assemblage in 2009. Ruscha in fact made a commitment in 2015 to generously donate all subsequent curated prints to the collection.
26 July 2019 – Spring 2020
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Entry to the exhibition is free. Visit tate.org.uk for more information.