Vowel Painting

Just In: Ed Ruscha Vowel E from “Ed Ruscha: Vowels – Paintings on Book Covers”

July 1, 2013

In 1996, Ed Ruscha took his text-based works one step further and made his canvas a book cover. The series titled “Ed Ruscha: Vowels – Paintings on Book Covers” included one hundred unique works, each on a book cover, each illustrating a different vowel. The books that Ruscha utilized in this series were anything from notebooks and his own published books, to other artist’s books and Sotheby’s catalogues. The upcoming October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature Vowel E, which showcases a hand-painted lowercase “e” on the cover of the book Hard Light by Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner published in 1978. Read more about this particular work and Ruscha’s subtle play on body parts.

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