A FEW PALM TREES (1971). The subjects catalogued in 'Colored people' and 'A few palm trees' are natural forms, cacti and palm trees respectively. In both cases, these forms are divorced and detached from their environment. Each cactus and palm tree is uprooted and groundless, floating in the white expanse of the page. Within this context they have been reduced to an aesthetic category.
Ill. Edward Ruscha, Contact Sheet, 1971. Gelatin silver print, tracing paper and crayon. Sheet: 10 x 8 1/16 in. Other (Tracing paper overlay): 9 ¾ x 8 3/16 in. (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York)
Working across a variety of mediums including painting, photography and film, American artist Ed Ruscha played a formative role in the development of Pop and Conceptual art. His series of 16 photographic books produced between 1963 and 1978 extended the concerns of the Pop movement, mining the everyday landscape of capitalist America…/…
Ref : Edward Ruscha, 1971, A Few Palm Trees le long de Sunset Strip. Edition Hollywood / Etats-Unis, Heavy Industry Publications  p. ; ill. ; 18 cm
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