Ed Ruscha was born in Nebraska and raised in Oklahoma, but he belongs to Los Angeles in a way few other artists do. Since the 1960s, Ruscha’s iconic images of the cityscape and culture of L.A.â€”freeway gas stations, parking lots, palm trees, motels, swimming pools, and billboardsâ€”have both reflected and shaped popular perceptions of Hollywood and the city that surrounds it. In Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles, Alexandra Schwartz views Ruscha’s groundbreaking early work as a window onto the radically shifting cultural and political landscape in which it was produced.
Author: Alexandra Schwartz
Published by The MIT Press, March 2010
336 pp., 74 illus.