Born in Nebraska in Ed Ruscha grew up in the mid-west city of Oklahoma. Following an early interest in cartooning, Ruscha pursued a career in. Results 1 – 14 of 14 TwentySix Gasoline Stations by Ruscha, Edward (Photographer) and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Ruscha catalogue raisonné #B1. The artist’s first book. Ed Ruscha. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. [Third Edition]. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. 1 of 4.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I wasn’t coming out here [California] to do anything in particular, or to be anything in particular except Twentysix Gasoline Stationsa modest publication consisting of black and white photographs with captions, is an iconic artist book. The books have the trappings of poppy commercialism about them, like misguided instruction books, or a partially complete guide to life in the 20th century.
My pictures are not that interesting, nor the subject matter. All it is is a device to disarm somebody with my particular message. Ruscha would drive home to visit his parents in Oklahoma four or five times a year  after leaving home at 18; many of the journeys were taken with his friend and fellow artist Joe Goode. All of the gasoline stations are on Route 66a road that ruschs already been mythologized by the TV series Route 66 and in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrathand later reappeared as a motif in Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider.
And we have lift off! The title appears in red lettering on the cover and spine. They have none of the nuances of the hand-made and crafted limited edition book.
Basket 0 Checkout Sign in. Views Read Edit View history. Although Ruscha has admitted knowledge of Evans’ work, he has dismissed it as an influence. I have eliminated all text from my books- I want absolutely neutral material.
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It was subsequently republished in two unnumbered editions. The front cover has the title printed in red as three separate lines, the stark brightness of the design muted by the wrap around protective cover. All my books are identical. But for three people walking across the forecourt on the Sunset Stripa man getting out of tweenty car at Flagstaff, Arizona and a man looking under his hood at LiptonArizonathere are no people present.
Artspace’s pick of Untitled Art, Miami. Dated in the foreword and dedicated to Patty Callahan, the book comprises twenty-six photographs of various dimensions and proportions; most are laid out on a single page with the text tuscha the image; some go across the double spread, a few are placed next to each other.
Twentysix Gasoline Stations
Who shations why these Agnes Martin paintings are hanging beside Navajo blankets? Ed Ruscha By offering only ‘technical data’ the artist lets us see something exceptional in pools, gas stations and baby photos.
There are no cars visible in some of the photographs and almost all are taken from the other side of the highway. It has 26 photographs gasoine 48 pages.
It was the choice bit.
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The book was relatively cheap: You know, not gotten so concerned with how I wanted the thing to look. Artists Who Make Books: Three images are taken at night, including one of Tucumcari, New Mexicothat appears to have been taken from a moving car. When I was in Oklahoma I got a brainstorm in the middle of the night to do this little book called Twentysix Gasoline Stations.
It is almost worth the money to have the thrill of exactly identical books stacked in front of you. Pop art Artists’ books Conceptual art Books of photographs books. Artists Who Make Books. Originally printed in a numbered edition ofa second edition of was published in and a third of in A lot of critics have assigned a religious sub-text to the work, seeing a correlation between the gasoline stations and the 14 Stations of the Crosstraditionally the staging posts between Pilate’s condemnation and the burial of Christ after his crucifixion on Calvary.
The book is covered with a semi-transparent glassine dust jacket for protection.