Ed Ruscha

DIRTY BABY

About this artwork

During the mid 1970s, Ruscha made a series of drawings in pastel using pithy phrases set against a field of a single colour. The sentences and phrases evoke American vernacular and slang, draw attention to a particular experience of the artist, or recall the excesses of Hollywood culture. Some of these works referenced lyrics from pop music while others were phrases that the artist made up. ‘Dirty Baby’ may be a line from a song or a movie.

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  • title:
    DIRTY BABY
  • accession number:
    AR00058
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  • materials:
    Graphite and acrylic paint on paper
  • date created:
    1977
  • measurements:
    57.20 x 72.40 cm
  • 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
  • copyright:
    © ED RUSCHA
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha