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Photo: Dan Wayne

Ed Ruscha
Born 1937 in Omaha, NE
Lives and works in Venice, CA
Purely Polyester, 1977
pastel on paper
23 x 29 inches
Museum Purchase, Kemper Museum Board Endowment Fund, and Gift of E. Kemper Carter and Anna Curry Carter Community Memorial Trust
2002.17
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Ruscha initially worked as a typographer and graphic designer in the commercial arts, and has spent his artistic career working with popular imagery. He is known for combining words and images to comment on contemporary culture and on art itself. He was influenced not only by popular media—signs, advertisements, popular culture—but also by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. This work is indicative of his thoughtful wordplay.