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  • Edward Ruscha

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
    Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW
    June 29–September 17, 2000

    The gas stations, the strip, the plain language, the cool wit, the games with light: Surely Ed Ruscha is the consummate West Coast artist. Yet, to former Hirshhorn assistant director Neal Benezra (now at the Art Institute of Chicago), that's a limiting label. “I've always felt this work is of primary importance internationally,” he says, and together with MOMA Oxford director Kerry Brougher and associate curator Phyllis Rosenzweig, he's gathering seventy-five works from the '60s to the present (including all sixteen of Ruscha's books) to prove the point.