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Just In: Ed Ruscha’s ‘There’s No Job Too Small’

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to announce the sale of a rare lithograph by leading American artist Ed Ruscha, which will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Ed Ruscha, There’s No Job Too Small, 1975
March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Ruscha’s word paintings and prints are among his most significant and recognizable bodies of work. In this lithograph from 1975, the words “There’s No Job Too Small” are printed in the artist’s characteristic style, using all caps, perfect alignment and even spacing. The lettering appears to emerge from a soft white background, which is stippled with vibrant yellow and blue inks. This careful texturing gives the paper surface a rock-like appearance, which associates the message with the carved texts of monuments and gravestones, thus underscoring its weight and importance.

The phrases that Ruscha uses in lithographs from this period are usually dryly comic, the effect of which is heightened by the deadpan way that they are printed. Theres No Job Too Small  is no exception, with its seeming familiarity – conjuring up American slang – undermined by its stubbornly opaque meaning. Produced as part of a small edition, this is a significant work and other examples from the edition hang in the collections of Tate Modern, London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a work by an artist who is represented in almost every major international collection, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Leeum – Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Musée d’Art Contemporain Lyon; Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich.

“Ed Ruscha Prints and Photographs: May 8 – September 27, 2014.” gagosian.com, Web. Dec, 18. 2016.

Lot information:

Ed Ruscha
There’s No Job Too Small
1975
Published and printed by Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
3-color lithograph on white Arches paper
#3 of 7 impressions aside from the edition of 20
Signed and dated with edition in graphite verso
Image/sheet: 30″ x 22″; Frame: 31.5″ x 24.5″
Literature: Edward Ruscha: Editions, 1959-1999: Catalogue Raisonné. 1st ed. Vol. II. S. Engberg and C. Philpot. 1999. #90.
Estimate: $15,000 – 20,000
March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

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