Ed Ruscha at the LACMA with “Standard”


September 22, 2012–January 21, 2013
at the LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The LACMA has devoted to Ruscha it’s entire second floor of the East wing of the Foundation Broad’s building. Considering the huge amount of work produced by the Master it could have been bigger. This cannot be considered as a retrospective but certainly as an excellent overview of Ruscha’s works and progression – both intellectual and technical- BCh

Some artworks stay stuck in your mind at the moment you see them. Then a sort of underground mental work is quietly in process in your brain and suddenly -stronger than another- a clue appears clearly helping to unlock all understanding. This is what happens when you are lucky enough to meet with ed Ruscha’s brilliant artwork. Ruscha explores the iconography of the classic American Standards

Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha (United States, born 1937) Standard Station, 1966. Screenprint Museum Acquisition Fund M.79.125 © 2012 Edward J. Ruscha IV. All rights reserved. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA


Since his  first artist book, “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” (1962) with the photographs shown at Ferus Gallery in 1964, Ruscha has never stopped  working on what has become his signature. The composition -with the diagonal of the roof that cuts the image in two parts- and the limitation of colors used remains consistent, each iteration has a different treatment. When you take closer look at the date of creation and the look of the Standard made at this time you can notice that the Standard is the perfect reflection of its time.

ed ruscha 1963 standard station amarillo texas
Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, 1963, Ed Ruscha. Oil on canvas. 64 1/2 x 121 3/4 in. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; gift of James Meeker, Class of 1958, in memory of Lee English, Class of 1958, scholar, poet, athlete and friend to all. © Ed Ruscha –


The last one I saw was created in the middle of the recession in 2011, it was all white,  silent, and called “Ghost Station”

ed ruscha ghost station
ED RUSCHA Ghost Station, 2011 Mixografía® print on handmade paper Edition of 85 27.25 x 46 inches 69 x 118 centimeters