Edward Ruscha

You Will Eat Hot Lead (Country Cityscapes series)

2001

In Tate Modern

Artist
Edward Ruscha born 1937
Medium
Photogravure with silkscreened text
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 457 x 356 mm
frame: 510 x 407 x 37mm
Collection
ARTIST ROOMS
Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
On long term loan
Reference
AL00296

Display caption

The titles of the works in this series are not visible in the images, but appear to have been blanked out, obscuring the landscape behind. These titles are aggressive cowboy catch-phrases from the Western movie genre. Ruscha suggests how cultural stereotypes affect the way we see the North American landscape. These clichés are often generated in mass-media producing cities, such as Los Angeles.

Gallery label, July 2019

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