conceptual art

A comprehensive display of Ed Ruscha’s artist’s books, text-based paintings, and photography opened in London last week at Tate Modern’s Blavatnik building. A Nebraska-born artist who defies categorization, Ruscha is adept in any medium, deriving inspiration from seemingly mundane architecture, topography, and mass media. Book collectors will be most familiar with his photobooks, e.g.

Opening tomorrow at New York's Gagosian Gallery is an exhibit titled Ed Ruscha: Books & Co. Ruscha, who once said, "I want to be the Henry Ford of book making," wanted to make artists' books accessible to a wider audience. His first photobook, Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1962), was a series of photos of gas stations along Rt. 66. It originally sold for $3.50.