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Ed Ruscha –  The Mountains

12 August - 14 October 2001  

Ed Ruscha 

Ed Ruscha: installation view, "The Mountains", Inverleith House, 2001.  

"Ruscha has the coolest gaze in American art. The work of his contemporaries, such as Lichtenstein and Rosenquist, is raw and hot...Ruscha is closer in spirit to Vermeer, who quietly compressed a universe of experience and sensibility into his modest domestic interiors. Ruscha transforms the whole of outdoor America into a private domestic interior." J.G. Ballard

The seminal Los Angeles pop/conceptual artist Ed Ruscha presented his first ever exhibition in Scotland at Inverleith House in 2001. A suite of large scale photo-realist paintings of mountain scenes were offset by typically cryptic texts within the paintings and then framed by the incredible backdrop of the views from the gallery rooms to the garden, the city, and the landscape beyond.

Edward Ruscha is one of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth century. His work has embraced painting, photography, print, film, drawing and book-form.

A separate exhibition of outdoor sculptures by Franz West ran concurrent this exhibition.

Edward Ruscha - ‘The Mountains' was supported by the Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London and the Scottish Arts Council.

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha: installation view, "The Mountains", Inverleith House, 2001.  

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha: installation view, "The Mountains", Inverleith House, 2001.  

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha: installation view, "The Mountains", Inverleith House, 2001.  

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha: installation view, "The Mountains", Inverleith House, 2001.  

WORKS IN EXHIBITION 

ROOM 1

Futures (2001), Acrylic on canvas

Soapy Smith (1996), Acrylic on paper

The Future (1999), Acrylic on paper

F-Future (2000), Acrylic on paper

Anamorphic Study No.2 (1999), Acrylic on paper

Now Then (2001), Acrylic on canvas

ROOM 2

Untitled (No. 1-8) (2001), Dry pigment and acrylic on paper

ROOM 3 

Parking Picture (2000), Acrylic on canvas

American Tool Supply (2000), Acrylic on canvas

All work courtesy of the artist and Antony d'Offay.

Exhibition supported by Anthony d'Offay, London and The Scottish Arts Council. All works courtesy of Anthony d'Offay, London. For further information about the exhibitions or events, please ask at the reception desk or contact Inverleith House. Telephone +44 (0) 131 248 2971, email ihouse@rbge.ac.uk 


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