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This lot consists of an oil painting on loose canvas, done in the lyrical, contemporary art style of Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-). Image depicts a rental car building topped with a glaring neon sign. The building squats against a bleak night sky painted with the murky glow of light pollution. This haunting piece would make a bold addition to any collection. Overall dimensions measure 18.25" x 21.75".

Reverse side of piece features the handwritten inscriptions, "Ed Ruscha. Rent a Car - Study #1. 1963" and "1/1".

Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-) is a California-based painter, printer, illustrator, photographer, and filmmaker. Ruscha honed his artistic skills in the ad agencies of the mid-century era, then drew on the concepts introduced by contemporary artists like Jasper Johns and Willem de Kooning, who were producing 'ready-made images as supports for abstraction'.

Ruscha states, "There are things that I’m constantly looking at that I feel should be elevated to greater status, almost to philosophical status or to a religious status. That’s why taking things out of context is a useful tool to an artist. It’s the concept of taking something that’s not subject matter and making it subject matter."
Private Collection

Unframed approx. 18.25" x 21.75".

Finger Lakes Auction has been commissioned to liquidate various collections of Fine Art. The pieces in this auction come from established modern art collectors in the United States and Europe.

PLEASE NOTE: Lots that do not carry established documented provenance nor any past auction record are described in this catalog as "in the style of". Authentication has not been established nor is it implied. Definition of "in the style of" is as follows:

"In the style of" [Artist Name] : The work may be ascribed to the artist on the basis of style, but there may be some question as to actual authorship.


Overall good condition. Little to no aesthetic damage. Image remains free from stains, tears, or other serious cosmetic issues. Minimal chipping is evident at creases where canvas appears to have been stretched over a frame. Canvas has sustained slight, age-related toning. Colors remain clear and strong. Please examine photos for further reference.

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Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-) - Oil on Canvas

Estimate $4,000 - $8,000Nov 09