Ed Ruscha

Pool #3

About this artwork

Ed Ruscha’s colour photograph of a swimming pool, a Los Angeles cliché, is presented as a barren, empty place with just a hint of danger. In this image we peer at the swimming pool from an elevated, side on view as if witnessing a still from a security camera. This photograph was originally taken for the artist book ‘Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass’ 1968, in which colour photographs of residential and municipal pools were preceded by a photograph of a broken glass, suggesting peril amidst paradise. It was reprinted with eight other images in 1997 for the ‘Pool Series’ 1968/1997 portfolio. Ruscha aimed to remove any sense of personal style in documentary photographs such as these, although this ‘styleless’ style has become a recognisable trait of 1960s conceptual art.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Pool #3
  • date created:
    1968 / 1997
  • materials:
    Colour photograph
  • measurements:
    39.40 x 39.40 cm (framed: 58.00 x 58.00 x 4.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
  • accession number:
    AL00276
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha