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Ed Ruscha, Margit Rowell
Ed Ruscha Photographer
HC, 21 x 27 cm., 188 pp.
Steidl 2006

Zur kommenden großen Retrospektive der fotografischen Arbeiten Ed Ruscha´s hier noch ein vorzüglich gedruckter Katalog aus dem Hause Steidl. Begleited von einem Essay, der noch einmal die bahnbrechende Wirkung dieser "Hobby-Fotografie" erläutert.

Ruscha's relationship to photography is complex and ambivalent, and the work is difficult to define. He has referred to his photography as a "hobby" but from the outset it has drawn considerable critical interest. The small books of photographs that Ruscha produced in the sixties and seventies earned him a reputation as an underground artist among his peers, and have influenced subsequent generations of artists in Europe and North America. The photographs were snapshot size, with an amateurish quality that intrigued his contemporaries. Neither purely documentary nor solely artistic, their subject matter was stereotypical and banal, with motifs drawn from sites in Southern California or the western United States. This, combined with their serial presentation, created a mythical road-movie or photo-novel effect with Beat Generation innuendos and inspired interest among artists at a time when serial logic was prominent in Pop art and Minimalism, and later in Conceptual art.


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