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Pool #1
© Ed Ruscha

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Pool #1 1968 / 1997

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Ed Ruscha’s colour photograph of a swimming pool, a Los Angeles cliché, is presented as a barren, empty place with just a hint of danger. In this image we peer at the swimming pool from an elevated, side on view as if witnessing a still from a security camera. This photograph was originally taken for the artist book ‘Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass’ 1968, in which colour photographs of residential and municipal pools were preceded by a photograph of a broken glass, suggesting peril amidst paradise. It was reprinted with eight other images in 1997 for the ‘Pool Series’ 1968/1997 portfolio. Ruscha aimed to remove any sense of personal style in documentary photographs such as these, although this ‘styleless’ style has become a recognisable trait of 1960s conceptual art.


  • Acc. No. AL00274
  • Medium Colour photograph
  • Size 39.40 x 39.40 cm (framed: 58.00 x 58.00 x 4.50 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011