Be Careful… You Hear Me? (Country Cityscapes series)	display title	N									261426
© Ed Ruscha

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Be Careful… You Hear Me? (Country Cityscapes series) display title N 261426 2001
  • Artist Rooms
In this print Ruscha has superimposed blank areas of white in place of words over an image of ‘wild west’ American scenery. Though the title of the work does not correspond with the blanks, it expresses a violent threat 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 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. AL00294
  • Medium Photogravure with silkscreened text
  • Size 45.70 x 35.60 cm (framed: 51.00 x 40.70 x 3.70 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011