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Allen Ruppersberg, Untitled (The Book as Object), 1976, pencil on paper, 23 × 29".

Allen Ruppersberg

Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Allen Ruppersberg, Untitled (The Book as Object), 1976, pencil on paper, 23 × 29".

Marc Selwyn has long been known as a dealer with historical depth, particularly in regard to Los Angeles art, so it is only fitting that the first solo show at his new Beverly Hills gallery should be a mini-survey of Allen Ruppersberg’s drawings, all made between the early 1970s and late ’80s. Although the artist may not be identified with Southern California as immediately as some of his colleagues—Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, and Bas Jan Ader among them—Ruppersberg’s brand of Pop Conceptualism is no less emblematic of local practices in its insistent referential specificity. Whereas in New York both Pop and Conceptual art have always tended toward a kind of baseline universalism, as in Andy Warhol’s soup cans or Joseph Kosuth’s dictionary definitions, here instead we are given vernaculars and dialects. Ruppersberg’s cultural references vacillate between the high and

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