It's Payback Time (Country Cityscapes series)
© Ed Ruscha

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It's Payback Time (Country Cityscapes series) 2001
  • Artist Rooms
In this print Ruscha has superimposed blank areas of black in place of words over an image of ‘wild west’ American scenery. The title reveals what the blanks are hiding; a violent threat expressed in the clichéd, vernacular slang of an American cowboy film. A stark contrast is created between the idyllic scenery and the aggression of Ruscha’s censored title. These bands could be read as plasters or gags but they also recall the geometric blocks used by American colour field painters from the 1950s such as Ad Reinhart or Barnett Newman. Ruscha created a number of similar works at this time using censoring blocks against a variety of illustrated and blank backdrops.

Details

  • Acc. No. AL00292
  • Medium Photogravure with silkscreened text
  • Size 45.70 x 35.60 cm (frame: 51.00 x 40.70 x 3.70 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011