Ed Ruscha

THE END #40

About this artwork

Ruscha has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1956 and since then his visual vocabulary has been hugely informed by the city and its film industry. Hollywood is synonymous with creating and breaking dreams. Indeed, this work, replicating two partial frames from the closing credits of a film strip could signify ‘The End’ of someone’s dream. The artist has created the impression of a film strip caught between two frames by using masking fluid (normally used by water-colourists to preserve the original paper colour during painting) to create the scratches in the celluloid film. He has used a stencil to mask the text as he sprayed the surface with acrylic paint. The paint is thicker at the edges where the text features, allowing it to stand out more from the surface.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    THE END #40
  • date created:
    2003
  • materials:
    Acrylic paint on paper
  • measurements:
    61.00 x 76.20 cm (framed: 70.00 x 85.10 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:
    AR00064
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha