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Ruscha made a series of Miracle drawings in the mid-1970s. In these pastel drawings beams of light burst forth from dark backgrounds. ‘Shafts of light and the word ‘Miracle’ have always been synonymous’, the artist has commented. Miracle is also the title of a short film Ruscha made in 1975 and the beam of light in his picture could be seen as that of a cinema projector, referring to the miracle of moving pictures and relating the picture to the Hollywood series.

March 2009