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Allen Ruppersberg, Cover Art (Wonder Series), 1985, mixed-media collage, 40 x 60".

Allen Ruppersberg

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Allen Ruppersberg, Cover Art (Wonder Series), 1985, mixed-media collage, 40 x 60".

BUY ONE TONIGHT, READ IT FOREVER; THE BEST IN WORDS AND PICTURES; YOU ARE THE STORY: With that earnest air of hucksterism indigenous to an earlier time in American history, Allen Ruppersberg spins new narratives from old ones in his bright, sizable 1985 collage Cover Art (Wonder Series)—a pristine composite of pasted-up texts like the above (whether in adlike tag lines rendered with vintage label-maker tape or via disconnected words and numbers torn from paper) and mostly midcentury print images (including a depiction of the pope, one of a monkey wearing a lab coat, and several nature scenes). Hanging near the entrance to “You and Me or the Art of Give and Take,” the work not only served as a fitting introduction to this selection of drawing, collage, and installation from 1985 through 2009—the first United States survey of Ruppersberg’s prodigious output in twenty-five

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