Writings and interviews.
This anthology of writings and interviews, edited by Jean-Pierre Criqui
(editor-in-chief of the "Cahiers du Musée d'art moderne" and one of the
best European critics of American art), offers a first opportunity to
French readers to discover Ruscha's comments on his own work, his
beginnings, his evolution, the artistic developments of the period, and
the relationship between art and society. Gathering together texts from
1974 to 2009, this book is a unique occasion to approach Ruscha's
work and life from the inside.
The collection "Lectures Maison Rouge" has as its ambition to propose artist's texts which interrogate at the same time museology, exhibition making, and the work of certain artists themselves.
Since the mid-1960s, Ed Ruscha has developed an iconic body of works,
simultaneously as a painter, a photographer (with such historical books
as "Twenty-Six Gasolines Stations," 1963), a filmmaker, and an acute
commentator of American culture. Born in 1937 and based in Los
Angeles, he is a key figure of the last few decades and one of the first
artists to have introduced a critique of popular culture and an
examination of language into the visual arts.