July 1999

Edward Ruscha, Steel   Edward Ruscha
American, born 1937
Steel  1960

oil on canvas
Collection Walker Art Center
Purchased with the aid of funds from the Clinton and Della Walker Acquisition Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts, 1980

Edward Ruscha (pronounced "rew-shay") likes the idea of a word becoming a picture and often plays with simple words as subjects for his paintings and prints. He does not illustrate the meaning of the word but, with great care and attention to detail, paints them in unexpected ways. In Steel, liquid-looking letters on a rust-colored background seem like they could drip right off the page

© 1999 Walker Art Center

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