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Ed Ruscha, The Hatton Gallery, 22 Feb-22 May
Woof! It’s Ed Ruscha!
Ruscha is perhaps most associated with the US branch of pop-art, but his work, as this new exhibition at the Hatton Gallery shows, encompasses so much more than that.
It was Ruscha’s deadpan depiction of contemporary life in
the US that first saw him gain international recognition in the 1960s
with renderings of gas stations and the 20th Century Fox logo. He also
uses language in his art, often frontloading gnomic missives into his
highly stylised graphic designs. And then there is this rather lovely
dog… This exhibition features early drawings and key paintings together
with examples of the artist’s books, printmaking and photography and
covers over 40 years of his remarkable career. Prepare yourself for a
veritable Ed rush.
Ed Ruscha, February 22-May 22, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University