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During the mid 1970s, Ruscha made a series of drawings in pastel using pithy phrases against a field of a single colour. The sentences and phrases evoke American vernacular and slang, draw attention to a particular experience of the artist, or recall the excesses of Hollywood culture. Some of these works referenced lyrics from pop music while others were phrases that the artist made up. ‘Dirty Baby’ may be a line from a song or a movie.