Edward Ruscha

Pierce College, Woodland Hills

1967, printed 1999

In Tate Modern

Artist
Edward Ruscha born 1937
Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed, image: 394 x 394 mm
unconfirmed, support: 610 x 610 mm
frame: 565 x 565 x 45mm
Collection
ARTIST ROOMS
Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
On long term loan
Reference
AL00270

Display caption

This aerial shot turns an urban landscape into an abstract geometric design. Ruscha captured empty Los Angeles car parks from a helicopter early one Sunday morning in 1967, before any cars had arrived. From above the city appears silent and lifeless. Ruscha brought the images together into an artist’s book, Thirtyfour Parking Lots 1967. In 1999 he returned to the series, presenting the images as a photographic portfolio. He said, ‘over the years I began to appreciate print quality and see my photographs as not necessarily reproductions for a book, but as having their own life as silver gelatin prints.’

Gallery label, July 2019

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