Ed Ruscha

I PLEAD INSANITY BECAUSE I'M JUST CRAZY ABOUT THAT LITTLE GIRL

About this artwork

During the mid 1970s, Ruscha made a series of drawings in pastel using pithy phrases set against fields of colour. The sentences and phrases evoke American vernacular and slang, draw attention to a particular experience, or recall the excesses of Hollywood culture. The bright pink background in this work seems to suggest an amusing narrative. However, taken out of context, this particular sentence creates a sense of ambiguity, and could be either humorous or sinister.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
    Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • title:
    I PLEAD INSANITY BECAUSE I'M JUST CRAZY ABOUT THAT LITTLE GIRL
  • date created:
    1976
  • materials:
    Pastel on paper
  • measurements:
    57.80 x 73.00 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:
    AR00053
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha