DAILY PLANET
© Ed Ruscha

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DAILY PLANET 2003
  • Artist Rooms
The mountain became a common motif in the work of Ed Ruscha during the late 1990s and 2000s. ‘Daily Planet’ is the newspaper where Superman’s alias Clark Kent works as a reporter in the superhero comic books that were translated into a series of Hollywood blockbusters in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The mountainous landscape might also allude to action adventure films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘North by Northwest’ or those in the James Bond series. The words ‘Daily Planet’ juxtaposed against the landscape also suggest ecological concerns about the finite nature of the environment.

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  • Acc. No. AR00048
  • Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
  • Size 152.90 x 152.90 X 4.00 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008