Born in Nebraska in Ed Ruscha grew up in the mid-west city of Oklahoma. Following an early interest in cartooning, Ruscha pursued a career in. Results 1 – 14 of 14 TwentySix Gasoline Stations by Ruscha, Edward (Photographer) and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Ruscha catalogue raisonné #B1. The artist’s first book. Ed Ruscha. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. [Third Edition]. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. 1 of 4.
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A lot of critics have assigned a religious sub-text to the work, seeing a correlation between the gasoline stations and the 14 Stations of the Crosstraditionally the staging posts between Pilate’s condemnation and the burial of Christ after his crucifixion on Calvary.
Artspace’s pick of Untitled Art, Miami. I have eliminated all text from my books- I want absolutely neutral material. Twentysix Gasoline Stationsa modest publication consisting of black and white photographs with captions, is an iconic artist book.
All images reproduced in Gaslline Who Make Books. The last image is of a Fina gasoline station in GroomTexaswhich Ruscha has suggested should be seen as the beginning of the return journey, ‘like a coda’. Who is Jean Jullien giving his book to this Christmas?
I wasn’t coming out here [California] to do anything in particular, or to be anything in particular except In Miami this week? Tweets about ” Phaidon”. The sttaions appears in red lettering on the cover and spine.
From the first service station, ‘Bob’s Service’ in Los Angeles where Ruscha lived, the book follows a journey back to Oklahoma City where he had grown up and where his mother still lived. Thirty years later, with a quarter of a century of mainstream artworld activity between, the aspect of shock-effect and humor has diminished somewhat. When I was in Oklahoma I got a brainstorm in the middle of the night to do this little book called Twentysix Gasoline Stations.
Twentysix Gasoline Stations
But for three people walking across the forecourt on the Sunset Stripa man getting out of his car at Flagstaff, Arizona and a man looking under his hood at LiptonArizonathere are no people present.
Ed Ruscha is very much an artist who makes books. My pictures are not that gasolien, nor the subject matter. Apart from this, the numbering on the last page of the first edition and the details of each edition at the beginning of the book, the three are gasoljne.
It has 26 photographs on 48 pages.
I knew it would be photographs of twenty-six gasoline stations. It was the choice bit. About fifty copies of the first edition came in a black cardboard slipcase.
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They are simply a collection of ‘facts’, my book is more like a collection of readymades The artist closely supervised the design and printing of the book. There is a connection between my work and my experience with religious icons, and the stations of the cross and the Church generally, but it’s in one of method, you know; I do have some flavors that come over, like the incense Retrieved from ” https: Pop art Artists’ books Conceptual art Books of photographs books.
Edward Ruscha ‘Twentysix Gasoline Stations’ | Tate
No wigs required for this Warhol Xmas card! It has been suggested that these reprints were a deliberate attempt to flood the market in order to maintain the book’s status as a cheap, mass-produced commodity. Ruscha’s books combined the literalness of early California pop art with a flat-footed photographic aesthetic informed by minimalist notions of repetitive sequence and seriality And away from the catholic church too, and Sister Daniella who beat my knuckles with a pencil the one year I was in parochial school.
Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: And we have lift off! Get to know Tomi Ungerer in five images. Ruscha would drive home to visit his parents in Oklahoma four or five times a year  after leaving home at 18; many of the journeys were taken with his friend and fellow artist Joe Goode.
Three images are taken at night, including one of Tucumcari, New Mexicothat appears to have been taken from a moving car.
‘Twentysix Gasoline Stations’, Edward Ruscha, | Tate
The book has also been cited as an artist’s book equivalent of a road movie,  and as a pop version of Walker Evans ‘ photographs of America, such as his deserted gasoline station in ‘Highway Corner Reedsville West Virginia, ‘. All my books are identical.
Published in April  on his own imprint National Excelsior Press,  it is often considered to be the first modern artist’s book,  and has become famous as a precursor and a major influence on the emerging artist’s book culture, especially in America.
It is almost worth the money to have the thrill of exactly identical books stacked in front of you. Dated in the foreword and dedicated to Patty Callahan, the book comprises twenty-six photographs of various dimensions and proportions; most are laid out on a single page with the text facing the image; some go across the double spread, a few are placed next to each other. Twentysix Gasoline Stations was first published in although the title page states in an edition of numbered copies.
Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass is similarly deadpan, with a run of blue, inviting pools rounded off with a less swimmer friendly image of a cracked drinking glass. The book was relatively cheap: