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© Ed Ruscha

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Radio 1962

Not on display

Typography is central to Ruscha’s work, influenced by his interest in graphic design. His work has been associated with the Pop Art movement in its challenge to the distinction between commercial and fine art. However Ruscha is more interested in books and films and in investigating the effects of words and phrases in visual art. During the early 1960s, Ruscha began to explore the way sounds could be captured in visual terms, in a number of paintings featuring words. This painting explores the connection between sound and image. Instead of being flat, the word is projected and given depth and presence in the picture space.

Glossary Open


Art forms, usually on paper, where the emphasis is on expression through line, mark-making or lettering rather than colour. This includes drawing, printmaking and typography.

Picture Space

The illusionary space created within a two dimensional work of art.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.


The process of print design involving the selection and arrangement of different styles of type.

Graphic, Picture Space, Pop Art, Typography


  • Acc. No. GMA 4758
  • Medium Pencil and acrylic on paper
  • Size 24.00 x 27.20 cm (framed 52.70 x 59.70 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the artist through the Art Fund, 2005