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  • Ed Ruscha

    James Kelly Contemporary

    Make a letter crystal dear or fuzzy, give it good posture or a slouch, shear its edges or pad its curves, and you've got some of the variations Ed Ruscha bleached or stained onto the faded cloth covers of his ‘'S Books,“ 1993–2001, and ”O Books,'’ 1992–97. These letter objects can't help but suggest roads and mouths, respectively. Sly references come unbidden: S is for Standard, Ruscha's jutting logo out of Amarillo, Texas; O is Oklahoma, the state the artist hails from and was driving back to in 1963 when Twentysix Gasoline Stations, his first book, appeared.

    Yet as if to show how little he

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