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Filthy McNasty's (Sunset Strip Portfolio)
© Ed Ruscha

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Filthy McNasty's (Sunset Strip Portfolio) 1976 / 1995

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
In the 1990s, Ruscha brought together many of his photographs from the 1960s and 70s into new groupings, such as the ‘Sunset Strip Portfolio’ 1967/1995, a set of six photographs including this one. This photograph was originally one of many simply documenting the length of Sunset Strip. But in the new 'Sunset Strip Portfolio' Ruscha has placed the focus on the now legendary places captured, such as Filthy McNasty’s, a Hell’s Angels hangout which was later reincarnated as the infamous Viper Room. He has distorted the negatives with razor blades and sandpaper signalling the passing of time and the decay traditional photographic processes.


  • Acc. No. AL00289
  • Medium Black and white photograph from altered negative on paper
  • Size 51.10 x 75.90 cm (framed: 67.00 x 91.50 x 4.50 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011