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Ed Ruscha, 1970

Edward Ruscha is one of the foremost figures of the American Pop Art movement. He grew up in Oklahoma City and in the mid-fifties, he settled in Los Angeles and worked in advertising. In 1962, his artworks were exhibited in Pasadena alongside those of Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, and others, the first significant display of pop art in America. In a “People Are Talking About …” feature of Vogue, Ruscha describes his work as “just information”. Among his notable works are a series of studies of highway gas stations, and a landscape-shaped book featuring a continuous ribbon of photographs of every building along the Sunset Boulevard “Strip.” Ruscha was photographed by Jack Robinson on January 14, 1970.