P07716 Hollywood 1969
Lithograph 4 1/8 × 17 (105 × 430) on paper 6 3/4 × 20 (173 × 508), printed at Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, published by the artist and Tamarind in an edition of 18
Inscribed ‘E Ruscha 1969’ b.r. and ‘2/18’; impressed with the printer's stamp
Purchased at Sotheby's, Los Angeles (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
From the early 1960s to about 1970 Ruscha used words as images and made drawings and paintings of West Coast architecture and views. In this work these two strands are combined in that the subject is the famous sign on the hills above Hollywood composed of bill-board size letters propped up on the horizon line. The print is related to a series of drawings of the same subject made in 1968–9. The extreme horizontal format is characteristic of Ruscha's work and is related to certain American styles of presentation such as cinemascope and huge roadside poster boards as well as being natural to the broad perspectives of West Coast landscape. Ruscha was invited to work at Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1969; June Wayne, Tamarind's Director, had established a scheme of Fellowships under which artists were paid to work there for two months and the introduction of new artists was a vital part of her training programme for printers.
This entry has been approved by the artist.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986