Ed Ruscha /   Edward Ruscha

United States 1937

Pop Art


Ed Ruscha
Edward Ruscha
United States
June 19, 2016

Ed Ruscha is an American visual artist strongly associated with the Pop Art movement. He is proficient in many media, including photography, drawing, painting, and the creation of numerous artist books. Generally speaking, his art documents the shifting symbols of American life in the last half century. His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos and icons, gas stations, and landscapes convert the imagery of popular culture into a profound language of cinematic and typographical codes. Ruscha is also famous for his witty and wry choice of words and phrases used in his word paintings.

Early Life and Career

Ed Ruscha was born 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska and he studied painting, photography, and graphic design at the California Institute of the Arts. He comes from a Roman Catholic family and it is known that Ruscha’s mother was supporting his son’s artistic talents and interests. As a young boy, Edward Ruscha was quite interested in cartoons and comics and this interest has persisted a throughout his adolescence. Just like in the case of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha’s artistic skills were based on commercial art. In addition to his interest in cartoons, Ruscha was also passionate about graphic design and typography, which is evident in his works featuring various words and phrases carefully coordinated with the imagery and colors in the background. Ever since 1964, Ruscha has been exploring weird comic and satirical sayings related to the popular culture and life in LA.

Just like in the case of popular artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha’s artistic skills were based on commercial art

view angeles edward california standard gallery Ed Ruscha - Artists Who Make Pieces, 1976
Ed Ruscha – Artists Who Make Pieces, 1976

Working in Unusual Media: News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews, Dues

In the 1970s, Ruscha started experimenting with many non-traditional organic materials and even truly weird things, such as vinyl, blood, red wine, fruits and vegetables, chocolate syrup, tomato paste, coffee, caviar, various plants, eggs and grass stains. Using these unusual materials, he made his famous screenprints called News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews, Dues in the 70s. The names of these pieces allude to the segments of British culture – for example, News represents the tabloid-minded country, while Stews is related to the typical British dish. In the 70s, he also used to produce word paintings with edible products applied on silk and moire. For instance, his piece named A Blvd. Called Sunset from 1975 was made by applying blackberry juice on moiré. It is interesting to note that most of Ruscha’s saturated organic colors would become muted gray, beige or brown after drying up. This can be noticed in his series Insects from 1972, which includes six screen prints consists of six screen prints of interesting insect species. During the same year, in April 1972, Ruscha’s edible art has got a lot of public exposure after his photograph spelling the name of the magazine using pieces of food became the cover of ARTNews. His piece called Fruit Metrecal Hollywood is another great example the artist’s application of weird materials. In this particular case, he used apricot and grape jam to paint on paper. When it comes to the topics of Ruscha’s works from the mid-1960s and 70s, their goal is to merge the representative and absurd approaches, creating a surreal atmosphere. His works from this era often show bouncing and floating objects, as well as the distortion of size and proportions. Ruscha’s style from this era is strongly resembling surrealism, which has an important place in the artist’s career. A common recurring motif in Ruscha’s work is a depiction of a pencil, which is broken, melted, transformed, somewhat like the objects in famous paintings of Salvador Dali.

In the 1970s, Ruscha started experimenting with many non-traditional organic materials and tools

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Ed Ruscha – Fruit-Metrecal Hollywood

Obsession with Hollywood

During his years in Los Angeles, Ruscha became quite obsessed with Hollywood and everything it represented. He even said that Hollywood is a verb. It played a very important role in his art and it was his favorite muse. In 1973, he even photographed the entire Hollywood Boulevard. His love for Hollywood grew even stronger after he started getting engaged in the movie industry – for example, his painting The End from 1991 looks exactly like the final shot in the old black and white movies. Also, the proportions of his prints from the Hollywood series were made to mimic the Cinemascope screen. In order to create the word Hollywood in his pieces, Ruscha had to transpose the letters from their usual location in Santa Monica Mountains to the top the hill.

During his years in Los Angeles, Ruscha became quite obsessed with Hollywood and everything related to its culture and style – it was his muse

Ed Ruscha - The End, 1991
Ed Ruscha – The End, 1991

Edward Ruscha’s Most Famous Works: Word Paintings

Ruscha’s word paintings represent the result of his long-term interest in words and typography. The very first of Ruscha’s word paintings oil paintings on paper, created in Paris in 1961. Later on, from 1966 to 1969, Ruscha started using a new style, called liquid word paintings. His pieces such as Adios from 1967 and Desire from 1969 were written as if using a spilled liquid over a simple flat surface. He also used gunpowder and graphite drawings from 1967 to 1970. His artworks from this short interval feature words represented in a trompe l’oeil technique, which means they look like as if they were made of curling paper. In the 1970s, Ruscha became one of the pioneers of inserting phrases into visual arts, together with Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer. Later on, this particular style became of the main directions in the post-Pop Art generation. In the mid-1970s, Ruscha made an innovative series of drawings in pastel using witty phrases, while in the early 1980s he made a splendid series of paintings of words written over sunsets or late night skies. In the 90s, Ruscha has changed his style again and started producing photorealist images of mountains. He also changed his approach to typography and began to use the all-caps typeface that he invented and named Boy Scout Utility Modern. This simple font is very different from the ones he used to use in his old works. Also, it is interesting to note that in the mid-80s, Ruscha was using black or white censor strips in his works, in order to suggest where the missing words should have been positioned. The similar blank space is also used in his Silhouette and Cityscapes series.

In the 90s, Ruscha has changed his style again and started producing photorealist images of mountains

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Ed Ruscha – On the Road

Ruscha’s Photography, Documentary, and Movies

Photography was a really important medium during the entire Ruscha’s career. He started taking pictures back in 1961 when he traveled to Europe with his family. His photo imagery is quite simple and straightforward, even deadpan at times and his subjects often lack some basic aesthetic values. His series called Products represents boxes of raisins and various kitchen cleaning items, such as detergents. Ruscha’s photos rarely portray humans, they revolve around formal still lifes and simple environments. His photo editions are also rooted in the conceptual approach, which becomes evident especially in his art books. One of his most famous photographic books is called Every Building on Sunset Strip and it is based on the negatives of six images from his book, which we reworked in a certain way. The artist was painted on the negatives, which resulted in photographs which look like faded black-and-white film. His another photo series called Tropical Fish, from 1974, is somewhat different since in this case the artist has used the unaltered photographs directly in his work. During the 1970s, in addition to his photographic pieces, Ruscha has also dedicated himself to filmmaking and he made a number of short films, such as Premium from 1971 and Miracle from 1975. Premium was filmed thanks to the help of Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Ruscha based the scenario of this short movie on his photo book from 1969 and transformed it into a film which features Larry Bell and Leon Bing. When it comes to Miracle, it is also based on one of the artist’s previous pieces, a painting of the same name, describing an unusual day in the life of an auto mechanic. The main actors in this movie are Jim Ganzer and Michelle Phillips. In 1984, he even appeared in a movie himself. In Choose Me, directed by Alan Rudolph, he accepted a small role. More recently, in 2010, Ruscha appeared in another movie, called Sleepwalkers. Besides regular movies, Ruscha’s presence is notable in a couple of documentaries. He was featured in Michael Blackwood’s American Art in the Sixties and also L.A. Suggested by the Art of Edward Ruscha, which is 1981 documentary made by Gary Conklin. A lot of interviews with Ruscha are included in the following documentaries:  The Decisive Moments from 2002, The Cool School and Iconoclasts from 2008 and How to Make a Book with Steidl, from 2010.

One of Ruscha’s most famous photographic books is called Every Building on Sunset Strip and it is based on the negatives of six images from his book

Ed Ruscha - Every Building On Sunset Strip, 1966
Ed Ruscha – Every Building On Sunset Strip, 1966

Exhibitions and Commissioned Pieces

Ed Ruscha has a very long history of exhibitions since he’s an active exhibitor starting from the 60s. One of the first important public commissions he made is a monumental mural at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego in 1966 and a large 360-degree panel made for the Public Library in Denver. Later on, in 1998, Ruscha made another giant public project, which was a thirty-foot high painting called Picture Without Words, for the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. In 2014, he made his first public commission in New York City, called Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today, which is again a large mural. Ruscha has also participated in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, by creating a limited-edition of T-shirts. Ruscha has also numerous private commissioned works, such as Public Stoning from 2007, Boy Meets Girl from 1987 and Stella from 2001.

In 1970, Ruscha took part in the Venice Biennale and he had his own printmaking workshop these. He designed the Chocolate Room, an innovative visual and sensory 360-degree experience, where the visitors were completely engulfed by the seductive world of chocolate. Because of this, the entire pavilion in Venice smelled like a chocolate. Ruscha has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives, the first one being held in 1983 at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles organized another important retrospective of his work in 1998 and the Whitney Museum of American Art has done the same in 2004. In 2006, even European museums started organizing retrospectives of Ruscha’s splendid work, such as the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Kunsthaus Zurich, and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

Ed Ruscha has a very long history of exhibitions since he’s been an active exhibitor starting from the 60s

Ed Ruscha - Okla, 1968
Ed Ruscha – Okla, 1968

The Legacy of Ed Ruscha

J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute have acquired many of Ruscha’s photographs and also his Streets of Los Angeles archive. This archive consists of many negatives, photo contact sheets, and similar documents. Some of these items will become the artist’s gift to Getty. Another institution interested in Ruscha’s work is Harry Ransom Center. In 2013, this center acquired the artist’s archive which consists of numberless journals, sketches, and notes, as well as the materials for the artist’s book called On The Road. Harry Ranson Center also acquired his materials related to the short films Miracle and Premium as well as his legendary portfolios. A large portion of these works is donated to the archive of the Ransom Center by the artist.

J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute have acquired many of Ruscha’s works

Ed Ruscha - Pretty Eyes, Electric Bills, 1976
Ed Ruscha – Pretty Eyes, Electric Bills, 1976

Carefully Observed American Society

I could see I was just born for the job, born to watch paint dry, Ruscha says about his natural predilection for visual arts. Even though his images are based in the vernacular of a closely observed American society, they are elegant in a laconic way. They don’t speak only about the American lifestyle and culture, but also about more complex, universal and widespread issues related to the appearance, meaning and function of the world we’re living in, which is a transient, ever-changing place, and each of its different phases has a certain artistic charm to it.

The artist is represented by Gagosian Park & 75 New York, Gagosian Madison Avenue New York, Gagosian West 24th Street, Gagosian Beverly Hills, Gagosian Britannia Street, Gagosian West 21st Street, and Galerie Fluegel-Roncak.

Edward Ruscha lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Featured image: Ed Ruscha photographed at his Culver City studio – image via artnews.com
All other images copyright of the artist.

YearName of the exhibitionGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Made in CaliforniaMana Contemporary, Jersey CitySolo
2016Ed Ruscha: Ribbon WordsEdward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, NYCSolo
2016Ed Ruscha: Mountain PrintsGagosian Gallery, GenevaSolo
2015Ed RuschaCrown Point Press, San FranciscoSolo
2015Ed Ruscha: Prints and PhotographsGagosian Gallery, ParisSolo
2014Ed Ruscha: Prints and PhotographsGagosian Gallery, New York, NY. Solo
2014Everything Loose Will LandGraham Foundation, Chicago, ILGroup
2014Bas Jan Ader, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Mike KelleyPatrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA.Group
2014Group Show Gagosian Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2013 In Focus: Ed RuschaThe Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA.Solo
2013 Ed Ruscha Books & CoGagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, NYSolo
2013 Ed Ruscha: Books and PaintingsBrandhorst Museum, Munich, GermanySolo
2013 Ed Ruscha: Los Angeles Apartments Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland.Solo
2013 The Time is NowJohn Berggruen Gallery. San Francisco, CAGroup
2013 Secrets of Sunset BeachTimothy Taylor Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2013 Cloud Illusions I RecallIrish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IrelandnGroup
2013 Some Dreamers of the Golden GreamGreene Naftali, New York, NYGroup
2013 Station to StationTrain station in Winslow, AZ. Group
2012 Ed Ruscha: StandardLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012 Artists’ Rooms on Tour: Ed RuschaTate, London, EnglandSolo
2012 Reading Ed RuschaGagosian Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012 Ed Ruscha: Los Angeles. Then and NowPeter Lund Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012 Reading Ed RuschaKunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, AustriaSolo
2012 The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas, Curated by Ed RuschaKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, nAustriaGroup
2012 Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on PaperThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2012 Writing is a JourneyLouis Vuitton, Paris, France.Group
2012 Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty YearsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
2012 RebelMuseum of Contemporary Art, JF Chen, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Ed Ruscha: On the RoadHammer Museum, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011Ed Ruscha: Psycho Spaghetti WesternsGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA.Solo
2011Ed Ruscha: Road TestedModern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXSolo
2011Noli Me Tangere Vanmoerkerke Collection, Oostende, BelgiumGroup
2010Ed Ruscha: Apartments, Parking Lots, Palm Trees and Others: Films, Photographs and nDrawings from 1961 to 1975.Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany.nSolo
2010Ed RuschaWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.nSolo
2010Ed Ruscha: LibrosSala Alcalá 31, Madrid, SpainSolo
2010R S T WManarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesGroup
2010Crash: Homage to JG BallardGagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, England.Group
2010Summer Exhibition 2010 Royal Academy of Arts, London, EnglandGroup
2010Beauty is DiamondLaleh June Galerie, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Meet Me InsideGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2009Ed RuschaGalerie Beyeler, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2009Ed Ruscha: 50 Years of PaintingHayward Gallery, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Haus der Kunst, MunichSolo
2009Inside/Out: 20th Anniversary ExhibitionArmory for the Arts, Pasadena, CAGroup
2009InspiredMitchell Library, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2009StagesGalerie Emmanuel, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Summer Exhibition 2009 Royal Academy of Arts, London, EnglandGroup
2009Magritte and LightAlmine Rech Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2009WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed RuschanFLAG Art Foundation, New York, NYGroup
2009Blue, BlueMaloney Fine Art & Kim Light/Lightbox, Culver City, CAGroup
2009ARTISTS ROOMSThe d’Offay Foundation, Tate Modern, London, EnglandGroup
2008Ed Ruscha: Industrial StrengthFabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PASolo
2008Ed Ruscha, Works on PaperDavid et Marcel Fleiss, Paris, France.Solo
2008Ed Ruscha: PaintingsGagosian Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2008Ed Ruscha: For What You Are About To ReceiveGagosian Gallery, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2008PART IWetterling Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2008Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2007Ed Ruscha: Busted Glass Gagosian Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2007The Left CoastImago Galleries, Palm Desert, CAGroup
2007Lights, Camera, Action: Artists’ films for the cinemaWhitney Museum of American Art, New nYork, NYGroup
2006Ed Ruscha: Early PrintsNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CASolo
2006Ed Ruscha: Signs+Streets+Streets+SignsCrown Point Press, San Francisco, CASolo
2006Ed Ruscha: La mirada distanciadaMuseo Tamayo Arte Contemporàneo, México City, MéxicoSolo
2006Ed Ruscha: DrawingsGagosian Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006Ed Ruscha: Insect Portfolio (1972)Griffin Contemporary, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006Ed Ruscha, PhotographerJeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthaus Zurich; nMuseum Ludwig, CologneSolo
2006Magritte: The Treachery of ImagesLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.Group
2006Surprise, Surprise Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, EnglandGroup
2006The Other SideTony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Los Angeles 1955-1985Centre Pompidou, Paris, FranceGroup
2006ContinuumBiennale d'art contemporain du Havre, Musée Malraux, FranceGroup
2005Ed Ruscha: BooksBernier/Eliades, Athens, GreeceSolo
2005Ed Ruscha: THEN & NOWGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAnSolo
2005Ed Ruscha: New DrawingsGagosian Gallery, Rome, ItalySolo
2005Ruscha: Pools, Parking Lots, Gas StationsYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005Ed Ruscha: Selected WorksEdward Tyler Nahem, New York, NYSolo
2005Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire51st Venice Biennale, U.S. Pavilion, Venice, Italy; Whitney nMuseum of American Art, New York, NYSolo
2005Ed Ruscha: Paintings and Works on Paper From 1964-2002Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long nIsland City, NYSolo
2005Accidental deathDavid Risley Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2005UntitledEdward Tyler Nahem, New York, NYGroup
2005The Perception of the HorizontalMuseion, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005Dialogue: Baldessari, Prince, Ruscha, WoolPerry Rubenstein, New York, NYnGroup
2005LandscapeThe Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2005Vanishing PointWexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OHGroup
2005Ordering the Ordinary (curated by David Thorp)Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2005Summer Exhibition 2005nRoyal Academy of Arts, London, EnglandGroup
2005Getting EmotionalInstitute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MAGroup
2005West! Frank Gehry and the Artists of Venice Beach, 1962-1978The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2005Works on PaperGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2005L’Art de VivreLehmann Maupin, New York, NY.Group
2005HomestyleLeo Castelli Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Postwar Photography, 1960-1982. Miami Art Central, nMiami, FLGroup
2005Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based ArtPace Wildenstein, New York, NYGroup
2005Ed Ruscha, Robert Frank, and Walker EvansRichardson Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005Contemporary Voices: Works from The UBS Art CollectionMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2004Witty Wonders from Anagrams to Gunpowder and All the Parking Lots on Sunset StripWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYSolo
2004Ed Ruscha: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, BookScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, nEdinburgh, ScotlandSolo
2004Edward Ruscha: 80’s & 90’s Paintings and Prints Ishizaka Art, TokyoSolo
2004Ed Ruscha: New DrawingsGagosian Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2004Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips®, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed RuschaThe Whitney Museum nof American Art, New York, NYMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; nNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.CSolo
2004Ed RuschaMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art, nRome, Italy; National Gallery, Berlin, Germany.Solo
2004Ed Ruscha: Mountain PaintingsAspen Art Museum, Aspen, COSolo
2004What’s Modern? Gagosian Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004Artists’ Books: No Reading Required“ Minnesota Center nfor Book Arts, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2004Fiction: Truth in Photography and Painting Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2004Topographies (curated by Karen Moss)Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CAGroup
2004Richard Artschwager/Ed RuschaLeo Castelli Gallery and Brooke Alexander, New York, NYGroup
2004100 Artists See God Jewish Museum, nSan Francisco, CA.Group
2004Pop! From San Francisco CollectionsSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Learning from Ruscha and Venturi, Scott Brown 1962-1977Canadian Centre for Architecture, nMontreal, Quebec, Canada. Group
2004The SixtiesCraig F. Starr Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2003Ed Ruscha: the drawn wordThe Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, FLSolo
2003Ed Ruscha Prints 1969-2003Godt-Clearly Gallery, Las Vegas, NVSolo
2003Photographs: Recent Acquisitions, Paintings and SculptureFisher Landau Center For Art, New York, NYSolo
2003Elongated SubjectsThe Bagley Wright Family Fund, The Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle, WASolo
2003PhotographsGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CASolo
2003Popular, Pop & Post-pop: Color Screenprints 1930’s to NowPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2003That 70s Print ShowSusan Sheehan Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2003From Here to There: Maps as MusenHirschl & Adler, New York, NYGroup
20033 Degrees of Cool Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle, WAGroup
2003The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.Group
2003OUTLOOK: International Art ExhibitionAthens, Greece.nBiennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon 2003, Lyon, France.Group
2003Selections from the Permanent CollectionModern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TXGroup
2003Dust Memories Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New nYork, NYGroup
2003Original Prints by Univesal Limited Art EditionsRule Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2003Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern & Contemporary ArtDenver Art Museum, nDenver, COGroup
2003Embracing the Present: The UBS PaineWebber CollectionThe Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TXGroup
2003The Last Decade: Mixografia Prints & Sculptures from 1993-2003Remba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.Group
2003Great Drawing Show 1550-2003Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Ed Ruscha: Petro-plots. Remba Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2002With and Without Words. Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Munich, GermanySolo
2002Ed Ruscha: Made in Los AngelesMuseo Reina Sofia, Madrid, SpainSolo
2002New PaintingsGagosian Gallery, New York, NY.Solo
2002Ed Ruscha: Birds, Fish, and OffspringC&M Arts, New York, NYSolo
2002Country CityscapesSusan Inglett Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2002Ed Ruscha: Paintings, Drawings and Books 1961–2001Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, EnglandSolo
2002Ed RuschaCalifornia Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CASolo
2002Ed RuschaGaleria Andre Viana, Porto, Portugal.Solo
2002S Books, O Books, And Other BooksJames Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2002Les années 70: l’art en causeMusée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, FranceGroup
2002Prints by Edward Ruscha and New Drawings by Jay KellyJim Kempner Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2002Hollywood is a Verb Gagosian Gallery, London, England.Group
2002FerusGagosian Gallery, West 24th Street, New York, NYGroup
2002Self-MedicatedMichael Kohn Gallery, Inc. Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001SunlinersRichard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NMSolo
2001NOVANTAGalleria Il Gabbiano, Rome, ItalySolo
2001Ed Ruscha: The MountainsInverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, ScotlandSolo
2001Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad CollectionsLos Angeles nCounty Museum of Art; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.Group
2001AmusedCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2001L’Esprit de familleVilla Du Park, Centre D’Expositions et D’Echanges, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2001Pop Art: U.S./U.K. Connections, 1956-1966.The Menil Collection, Houston, TX.Group
2001Prints in the 20nth Century: Marui CollectionYasuda Kasai Museum of Art, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2001Alex Katz – Edward RuschaThe American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy.Group
2001Evidence of Love: Romance, Desire & FantasyJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Les années PopMusee National d’art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.Group
200120th Century PerspectivesJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to NowThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2001Print Matters: New Works and Modern TreasuresVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VAGroup
2001Drawing is Another Kind of Language: Recent American Drawings from a New York Private CollectionThe Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HIGroup
2001Out of L.A. Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2001Art Chicago 2001Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NMnGroup
2001Poetic NaturesSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2001Pop Impressions Europe/USA: Prints and Multiples from The Museum of Modern ArtSt. Louis Art Museum, MO.Group
2001WordscapesGaleria Andre Vianna, Porto, PortugalGroup
2001By Water: From the Personal Collection of Kerry StokesMuseum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.Group
2001Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism. SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2001Painter Editions: Recent ProjectsPainter Editions, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2001International Offerings Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2000Mountains and Highways. Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London, England.Solo
2000Edward Ruscha: RetrospectiveHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.CSolo
2000Ed Ruscha: Gunpowder and StainsMonika Sprüth-Philomene Magers, Munich,GermanySolo
2000Powders, Pressures and Other Drawings John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA.Solo
2000Untitled Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, AustriaSolo
2000Landmark Pictures: Ed Ruscha/Andreas GurskyFogg Art Museum’s Sert Gallery, Cambridge, MA.Group
2000The Legacy of Corita Kent’s 1960’s PopHarriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at nCalifornia State University, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2000In Color. Orange County Museum of Art, South Coast Plaza Gallery, Newport Beach, CAGroup
2000H20: A Miscellany of Works from the Kerry Stokes CollectionPerth International Arts FestivalGroup
2000QuotidianaCastello di Rivoli, Turin, ItalyGroup
2000Shifting Ground: Transformed View of the American LandscapeHenry Art Gallery, Seattle, nWA.Group
2000DriveGovett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.Group
2000Urban HymnsHarriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, nLos Angeles, CA.Group
2000RearView Mirror: Automobile Images on Film and American IdentitiesUniversity of California, nRiverside, Riverside, CA.Group
2000How You Look At It – Photograph of the 20th Century Sprengel Museum, Hanover, GermanyGroup
2000Group ExhibitionDenver Art Museum: Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries, Denver, COGroup
20002000 1/2: Going Forward Looking BackSeattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA.Group
2000Communicating America’s Vision: The Nevada Bell CollectionNevada Museum of Art, Reno, nNV; Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NVGroup
2000Hard Pressed: 600 Years of Prints and ProcessThe AXA Gallery, New York, NY; Boise Art nMuseum, Boise, ID; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Naples Museum of Art, nNaples, FL.nGroup
2000Major Paintings, Drawings and SculptureJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2000Ed Ruscha: A Graphic ViewJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2000Open EndsThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2000The Intuitive Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman CollectionArt Gallery of the nFashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2000Out of Sight: The Image Beyond the IndexSurrey Art Gallery, Surrey, EnglandGroup
2000An American Focus: The Anderson Graphic Arts Collection. California Palace of the Legion of nHonor, San Francisco, CA; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA; nAlbuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM.Group
2000Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity: 1900-2000Los Angeles County Museum of Art,nLos Angeles, CAGroup
1970American DrawingsGalerie Yvon Lambert, ParisGroup
1970American Paintings 1970Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VAGroup
1970Amerikanska RealisterKonsthallen Göteborg, Göteborg, SwedenGroup
1970The Arrested ImageOakland Museum, Oakland, CAGroup
1970Artists and PhotographsMultiples, Inc., New YorkGroup
1970California CollectsOtis Art Institute, Los AngelesGroup
1970Conceptual Art and Conceptual Aspects,The New York Cultural Center in Association with nFairleigh Dickenson University, New YorkGroup
1970ContinuumDowney Museum of Art, Downey, CAGroup
1970A Decade of California Color 1960 – 1970The Pace Gallery, New YorkGroup
1970Drawings 1970Art Galleries, University of California, Santa Barbara.Group
1970Drawing Society National ExhibitionThe American Federation nof Arts, New YorkGroup
1970Ed Ruscha Graphics Don Bachardy Drawings, Hansen Fuller Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
197018 Paris IVorganized by Michel Claura, Paris.nGroup
1970The Highway Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA.Group
1970Hollywood Collects Otis Art Institute, Los AngelesGroup
1970Information The Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
1970Joe Goode, Robert Graham, Kenneth Price, Ed RuschaGalerie Delta, Rotterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
1970Looking WestJosyln Art Museum, Omaha, NEGroup
1970Seventeenth National Print ExhibitionThe Brooklyn Museum, New York.nGroup
1970Special Group Exhibition at Artist Studio Venice, CAGroup
1970Superlimited: Books, Boxes and ThingsJewish Museum, New YorkGroup
1970XXXV Biennale Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte VeneziaVenice, ItalyGroup
1970Three California FriendsOklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OKGroup
1970The Word as ImageJewish Museum, New YorkGroup
1970Edward RuschaAlexander Iolas Gallery, New York, NY.Solo
1970Books by Edward RuschaGalerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, Germany.Solo
1970Edward Ruscha /Prints 1966-1970/Books 1962- 1970.Hansen Fuller Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1970Edward RuschaGalerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris, FranceSolo
1969 Drawings The Fort Worth Art Center Museum, Fort Worth, TX.Group
1969 California DrawingsIthaca College Museum of Art, New YorkGroup
1969 ConceptionStadeischen Museum, Leverkunsen, GermanyGroup
1969 557,087 Seattle Museum of Art, WAGroup
1969 Graphics/Six West Coast ArtistsGallery Milan/Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg, nGermany.Group
1969 Handzeichnungen und CollagenGalerie Neuendorf, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1969 Kompas 4Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eidenhoven, The NetherlandsGroup
1969 A New Look at Neo Ruralism and Something ElseMultiples, Inc., New YorkGroup
1969 1969 Annual Exhibition/Contemporary American PaintingThe Whitney Museum of American nArt, New York.Group
1969 The Other CityGallery Reese Palley, San Francisco, CAGroup
1969 Pop ArtHayward Gallery, LondonGroup
1969 Series PhotographsThe School of Visual Arts, New YorkGroup
1969 Small Paintings for Museum CollectionsAmerican nFederation of Arts, New York.Group
1969 Tamarind; Homage to LithographyThe Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
1969 Three Modern Masters: Billy Al Bengston, Edward Ruscha, Frank Lloyd WrightGallery Reese nPalley, San Francisco, CA.Group
1969 West Coast 1945-1969Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CAGroup
1969 Edward Ruscha/New Graphics Multiples, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.nSolo
1969 Edward RuschaIrving Blum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.Solo
1969 Edward RuschaLa Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CASolo
1968Joe Goode and Edward RuschaPavilion Gallery, Balboa, CADuo
1968The California Landscape Lytton Center of the Visual Arts, Los AngelesGroup
1968e40 New California PaintersTampa Bay Art Center, Tampa, FLGroup
1968Small Paintings for Museum CollectionsAmerican Federation of Arts, New YorkGroup
1968West Coast NowPortland Art Museum, Portland, ORGroup
1968Ed RuschaIrving Blum Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1968Ed RuschaGalerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, GermanySolo
196718th Salon of Young PaintersMusée d'art Moderne de la Ville de ParisGroup
19674th Annual All California Print Exhibition and New Talent in Graphics Lytton Center of the nVisual ArtsGroup
1967Saô Paulo 9 Museum de Arte Moderna, Saô Paulo, BrazilGroup
19671967 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary PaintingThe Whitney Museum of American Art, New nYorknGroup
1967Gunpowder DrawingsAlexander Iolas Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1966Los Angeles NowRobert Fraser Gallery, LondonGroup
1966Ten From Los AngelesSeattle Art Museum, WAGroup
1965Five at PacePace Gallery, New YorkGroup
1965Ed RuschaFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.Solo
1965 Word and ImageSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New YorkGroup
1964American DrawingsSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New YorkGroup
1964Collector's ShowBalboa Pavilion Gallery, Balboa, CAGroup
1964Selections from the L.M. Asher Family CollectionThe Art Gallery, University of New Mexico, nAlbuquerqueGroup
1964Ed RuschaFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.Solo
1963Ed RuschaFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1963Pop Art USAOakland Art Museum, CA and California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CAGroup
1963Six MoreLos Angeles County Museum of ArtGroup
1962Directions in Collage: CaliforniaPasadena Art Museum. CA.Group
1962New Paintings of Common ObjectsPasadena Art Museum. CA.Group
1960Four Oklahoma ArtistsOklahoma City Art CenternGroup
Abstrakte FotografieKunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany