Ed Ruscha (American, b.1937)
'Remember and Forget', 1986
lacquered wood, from an edition of 7
standing in five parts, each 199.5 by 76cm
Provenance: Sotheby's, London, 10 February 2016.
The work was proposed as an edition of 12 with 2 artist's proofs, but Ruscha closed the edition at 7 works and 2 artist's proofs.
Edward Joseph Ruscha IV (born December 16, 1937) is an American artist closely related to the pop art movement. Playful humour, graphic simplicity and his long-lasting interest in connecting the verbal and visual, allow his work to provide a new approach to the American pop culture scene. Ruscha grew up in Oklahoma City, and in 1956 he attended Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts) in Los Angeles. He initially worked as a commercial artist, and swiftly claimed fame in the 1960s.
In ‘I Remembered to Forget to Remember’, 1984, he composes a double negative with an escape clause, groups them up and spreads them onto a five-panel screen. With red-yellow and blue-white gradient colours on each side alongside the text evokes a sensation of evanescing and emerging. The consideration he put on the particular size, font and placement of words strengthens the emotion to the meaning, like the way a poet considers a phrase. He glorifies the words beyond as mere texts, but as objects, with more dimensions and open to multiple sensual perceptions.
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There is an area of restoration to the lower third of the composition on the blue side. This has been carried out to a high specification, please contact the department for details about the restoration that was undertaken.
Visibly you can see - there is some surface dirt with some light surface scratches.
Red side: Panel 1: There is a small crack to the top right corner. Panel 3: Close inspection reveals small losses to the top two corner tips which fluoresce darker under UV light. Panel 4: There is a crack to the top right corner and one in the orange pigment to the lower centre of the right edge. There is a 35cm crack to the left side edge of the panel (not the front) which runs above and below the bottom hinge. Panel 5: There is a 20cm long diagonal crack to the top left corner and a 22cm crack to the bottom left hand corner.
Blue Side: Panel 1: There is a crack to the overturn edge of the top left corner. Paenl 2: A 7cm scratch just above the upper right hinge and a further scratch halfway between the top and middle hinge. Panel 3: There is a crack to the overturn edge of the bottom right corner. Panel 5: There is a minute chip to the extreme bottom left corner tip and a few specks towards the top right corner. Restoration to this panel as mentioned above.
The surface has a high gloss finish.
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