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Ed Ruscha at the Vienna Secession - "Double Americanisms"

Published: December 17, 2018; 19:57 · (Vindobona)

American artist associated with the pop art movement, Edward Joseph Ruscha had a decisive influence on the development of art in the USA from the 1950s onwards and with it on the current understanding of contemporary art. The exhibition at the Vienna Secession shows fifty-seven of his works. It marks the public debut of a new series of linguistic paintings. Used parchment drumheads are inscribed with locutions whose shared feature is the use of a double negation - "I Ain't Telling You No Lie," for example, and "I Can't Find My Keys Nowhere."

Ed Ruscha, Mother’s Boys (reverse), 2018, exhibition view Secession 2018 / Picture: © Sophie Thun, Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian

Ruscha’s show at the Secession marks the public debut of a new series of linguistic paintings informed by his memories of Oklahoma City, where he spent his teenage years, and the city’s distinctive slang: used parchment drumheads are inscribed with locutions whose shared feature is the use of a double negation - “I Ain’t Telling You No Lie,” for example, and “I Can’t Find…

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