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© Ed Ruscha

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DANCE? 1973

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This work highlights Ruscha’s preoccupation with the symbols of American popular culture of the 1960s and 1970s, with the monosyllabic invitation to dance invoking light-hearted entertainment. An unlikely array of materials were used to create it, including coffee, egg white, mustard, chilli sauce, ketchup and cheddar cheese. These edible ingredients suggest the kind of foodstuffs that might be consumed in an American diner, and are in particular the condiments that accompany typically American fast food such as hotdogs and hamburgers.


  • Acc. No. AR00046
  • Medium Coffee, egg white, mustard and graphite on canvas
  • Size 137.20 x 152.00 x 2.90 cm (framed: 144.10 x 159.20 x 7.00 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008