Ed Ruscha

The Final End

About this artwork

The widescreen format of this painting, the words ‘The End’ and the ‘trompe l’oeil’ imitation of scratched film suggest the closing credits of a classic Hollywood film. Here the text appears in gothic lettering, perhaps alluding to the parallels between Hollywood and religious experience It is encased by weeds and overgrown grass, which may indicate the death of cinema, or at least the decline of its golden age.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    The Final End
  • date created:
    1992
  • materials:
    Acrylic paint on canvas
  • measurements:
    178.00 x 350.70 x 4.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00596
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha