Ed Ruscha

Federal, County & Police Building Lots; Van Nuys, California

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About this artwork

This aerial shot turns a banal urban landscape into an abstract geometric design. Ruscha captured this empty Los Angeles parking lot for the Federal, County and Police Building early one Sunday morning in 1967 from a helicopter. From above the parking lot appears to be an abandoned urban space. In 1999, Ed Ruscha selected 30 images from his artist book ‘Thirtyfour Parking Lots’ 1967/1999 and reprinted them as the print portfolio ‘Parking Lot Series’ 1967/1999 of which this image is one. He said, “over the years I began to appreciate print quality and see my photographs as not necessarily reproductions for a book, but as having their own life as silver gelatine prints.”

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  • title:
    Federal, County & Police Building Lots; Van Nuys, California
  • accession number:
    AL00272
  • artist:
    Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Silver gelatin print
  • date created:
    1967 / 1999
  • measurements:
    39.40 x 39.40 cm (framed: 56.50 x 56.50 x 4.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
  • copyright:
    © Ed Ruscha.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha