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Pool #9
© Ed Ruscha

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Pool #9 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. The slight ripples of the water in this image suggest only the faintest trace of human presence. 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. AL00281
  • 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