Edward Ruscha

News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews, Dues

1970

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Not on display

Artist
Edward Ruscha born 1937
Medium
6 screenprints on paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed, each: 584 × 787 mm
overall: 584 × 808 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 2007
Reference
P20295

Display caption

These prints were Ruscha’s attempt to define his idea of ‘Englishness’. ‘News means that England is a tabloid-minded country. Mews is a little alleyway found in many towns. Pews is Westminster Cathedral. Brews refers to English beverages – beer, stout, ale. Stews is my idea of British cooking […]. Dues is […] the story of Robin Hood, unfair taxation, the British protest.’ Instead of traditional inks Ruscha used organic materials, including red salmon roe, Bolognese sauce, raw egg, squid in ink, chocolate syrup, caviar, baked beans, chutney, daffodils, tulips and axle grease.

Gallery label, July 2019

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