Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ed Ruscha at Gagosian

Here is an exhibition I wish I could see this month!

Ed Ruscha, Gilded, Marbled and Foibled, 2011-2012
Acrylic on canvas
48" x 84"
Image courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

From the press release:

"The large-scale painting Gilded, Marbled and Foibled (2011–12)—the title a wry nod to early Conceptual Art instruction—combines the exquisite detail of an illuminated manuscript with the hallucinatory patterns of marbled paper. Material references to traditional bookmaking are evident in the small-scale Open Book series (2002–05), where blank double pages are weightlessly painted on untreated linen; or the circular vellum paintings with their obtuse, gilded thoughts. The three monumental canvases that form the Old Book cycle present a vanitas in which the ravages of time appear in the painted exactitude of fraying bindings, mold spots, and worm holes."

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