About this artwork

In the 1990s, Ruscha brought together many of his photographs from the 1960s and 70s into new groupings, such as the ‘Sunset Strip Portfolio’ 1967/1995, a set of six photographs including this one. This photograph was originally one of many simply documenting the length of Sunset Strip. But in the new 'Sunset Strip Portfolio' Ruscha has placed the focus on the now legendary places captured, such as Filthy McNasty’s, a Hell’s Angels hangout which was later reincarnated as the infamous Viper Room. He has distorted the negatives with razor blades and sandpaper signalling the passing of time and the decay traditional photographic processes.

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  • artist:
    Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • title:
    Filthy McNasty's (Sunset Strip Portfolio)
  • date created:
    1976/95
  • materials:
    Black and white photograph from altered negative on paper
  • measurements:
    51.10 x 75.90 cm (framed: 67.00 x 91.50 x 4.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
  • accession number:
    AL00289
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha