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Blank Signs #1
© Ed Ruscha

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Blank Signs #1 2004

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Ruscha spent much of his life documenting the characteristics of Los Angeles. This one of four prints focuses on the street sign, a ubiquitous feature of Los Angeles and its surrounding motorways. This work relates to themes explored in Ruscha’s earlier work, of long haul road trips across generic highways. What should be garish, bright signs loaded with information are instead wiped clean, to resemble an abstract series of white shapes. Ruscha has said, “My work is abstract in the sense that even recognisable objects become just shapes – abstract shapes.”


  • Acc. No. AL00325
  • Medium Etching with aquatint
  • Size 32.40 x 30.50 cm (framed: 38.20 x 35.50 x 3.70 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011