A year ago, Ed Ruscha stepped down from the board of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, following the departure of the museum’s longtime chief curator, Paul Schimmel. Today it’s been announced that he will join the board of the San Francisco Museum of Art, which has one three-year seat set aside for an artist.
I watched a lot of this Hammer Museum talk, between John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha about Richard Artschwager, looking for a quote to pull from it but couldn’t really find anything pithy. Ah well. Sometimes there exist ideas that cannot be expressed in pithy quotes. You should watch it though.
In this week’s New Yorker, Calvin Tomkins profiles Ed Ruscha, who has a show at the Getty Center in Los Angeles right now. They drive around L.A., hang out at Mr. Ruscha’s studio and have dinner at the home of Steve Martin and his wife Anne Stringfield. Lots of good stories and quotes in this one, including Mr. Martin joking about wanting to watch Mr. Ruscha shower. (It has to do with the art in his bathroom.)
Following the lead of John Baldessari, Catherine Opie and Barbara Kruger, artist Ed Ruscha has resigned from the board of trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. This means that there are currently no artists sitting on the museum’s board.
The residents of Miami are lucky enough to have an Ed Ruscha show on their hands right now, at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. It’s called “On the Road,” and features paintings lined with passages from the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name, like “Brakemen eat surly meals in diners by the tracks.”
With their “Pacific Standard Time” initiative nearing its end, the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute are spearheading a similar, though more modest, exhibition series to open in April, 2013, focused on architecture and urban planning in Southern California.
The Getty Center in Los Angeles will present a survey exhibition, “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990,” while seven institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum, will present simultaneous shows related to the urban landscape of L.A. and the surrounding cities following World War II.
Well, this is adorable. The comment system on the Museum of Modern Art’s Inside/Out blog now has a CAPTCHA box powered by Ed Ruscha artworks. A CAPTCHA box? It’s that little box of letters and numbers—usually randomly generated—that you need to copy when leaving a comment on a website or signing up for a Read More
Ed Ruscha is among the photographers whom The Guardian included in a series in which renowned photographers point to the ‘worst shot’ of their career. Of all the photographs included, we found Pop artist Ed Ruscha’s rejected photo from his iconic series Twentysix Gasoline Stations, and his reasons for rejecting it, particularly charming.
The Art Newspaper reports that nonprofit organization Word Above the Street has signed up a bevy of artists for a 12-week project to transform 300 of New York’s water towers into public artworks. Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Marilyn Minter, E.V. Day, Tony Conrad, Andy Goldsworthy and Tony Oursler, as well as rapper Jay-Z are just some of the artists on board with the aptly named Water Tank Project, an effort to increase public awareness of the need to conserve water.
Here’s a tidbit we missed from the latest Gagosian press release: Ann Temkin, the Museum of Modern Art’s chief curator of painting and sculpture, will pen a catalogue essay for Gagosian’s 11-gallery Damien Hirst spot painting show.