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Lacma’s Ruscha show to travel to Rose Art Museum

Survey explores LA artist’s fascination with petrol stations

Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966

The survey of Ed Ruscha’s work at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (Lacma), which gives visitors a broad overview of the artist’s development, is set to travel to the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in the new year (13 February-9 June 2013).

Covering six decades of work, “Ed Ruscha: Standard” (until 21 January) includes nearly 100 pieces, most of which are drawn from Lacma’s collection, which has more than 300 works by the Los Angeles artist. When it comes to Brandeis, it will be supplemented with works from the Rose collection. The show takes its title from the group of works Ruscha may be most well known for: depictions of Standard petrol stations, a company today known as Chevron.

The artist’s interest in the theme dates back at least to his 1962 project Twentysix Gasoline Stations, an artist’s book containing photographs Ruscha took while on a road trip across the US.

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