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OK (State I)
© Ed Ruscha

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OK (State I) 1990

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Throughout his career Ruscha has made a range of punchy, graphic prints, drawings and paintings exploring single words, motifs or phrases with no context. The letters in this image could be read in two ways: either as reference to his home town of Oklahoma, or as American vernacular or slang, which he frequently deploys in his art works. Unlike his text work of the 1960s and 1970s, the letters used here are more blurred and the hazy textures recall the work of Mark Rothko, the American abstract painter of the 1950s.


  • Acc. No. AL00315
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 68.50 x 91.40 cm (support: 82.30 x 105.30 cm, framed: 107.30 x 84.30 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011