ARTIST ROOMS

Edward RuschaDANCE? 1973

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Artwork details

Artist
Edward Ruscha (born 1937)
Title
DANCE?
Date 1973
MediumCoffee, egg white, mustard and graphite on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1372 x 1520 x 29 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00046
Not on display

Online caption

This work highlights Ruscha’s preoccupation with the symbols of American popular culture of the 1960s and 1970s, with the monosyllabic invitation to dance invoking light-hearted entertainment. An unlikely array of materials were used to create it, including coffee, egg white, mustard, chilli sauce, ketchup and cheddar cheese. These edible ingredients suggest the kind of foodstuffs that might be consumed in an American diner, and are in particular the condiments that accompany typically American fast food such as hotdogs and hamburgers.

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