Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha
Edited by Jeff Brouws, Wendy Burton and Hermann Zschiegner
The MIT Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2013)
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In the 1960s and 1970s, the artist Ed Ruscha created a series of small photo-conceptual artistâ€™s books, among them Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Various Small Fires, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots, Real Estate Opportunities, and A Few Palm Trees. Featuring mundane subjects photographed prosaically, with idiosyncratically deadpan titles, these â€œsmall booksâ€ were sought after, collected, and loved by Ruschaâ€™s fans and fellow artists. Over the past thirty years, close to 100 other small books that appropriated or paid homage to Ruschaâ€™s have appeared throughout the world. This book collects ninety-one of these projects, showcasing the cover and sample layouts from each along with a description of the work. It also includes selections from Ruschaâ€™s books and an appendix listing all known Ruscha book tributes.