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Ed Ruscha, Oof, 1962/1963, oil on canvas, 71 1/2 x 67".

London

Ed Ruscha

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
October 14, 2009–January 10, 2010

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
February 12–May 2, 2010

Moderna Museet | Stockholm
Skeppsholmen
May 22–September 5, 2010

Curated by Ralph Rugoff

For the cover of the catalogue of his first retrospective, at SF MoMA in 1982, Ed Ruscha chose to reproduce a 1979 pastel that bore the inscription I DON’T WANT / NO RETRO / SPECTIVE. Obviously, no museum director took him at his word. Ruscha’s latest career survey concentrates solely on painting, allowing viewers, easily mesmerized by the artist’s extraordinary inventiveness in a variety of media, to reflect on the particular flavor of his pictorial output. Ruscha’s work has evolved at great speed since his 2005 Venice triumph, and this show of nearly eighty canvases (accompanied by a substantial catalogue with essays by Hayward director Ralph Rugoff and others, and a new interview with Ruscha) invites us to consider his current work in the context of his half-century-long love affair with paint.