Item #68916 Twentysix Gasoline Stations. Edward RUSCHA.
Twentysix Gasoline Stations
Twentysix Gasoline Stations
Twentysix Gasoline Stations
Twentysix Gasoline Stations

"Ruscha’s Books, and This One in Particular, are Considered Seminal in the History of Artist Books" RUSCHA, Edward. Twentysix Gasoline Stations. Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1967. Full Description:

RUSCHA, Edward.

Twentysix Gasoline Stations.

Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1967.

Los Angeles]: Edward Ruscha, 1962 [ie 1967].

Second edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies. Self published and printed by The Cunningham Press, Alhambra, California. The first edition was an edition of 400 numbered copies printed in 1963. Small quarto (7 x 5 1/2 inches; 179 x 140 mm). 48 pp. With numerous black-and-white photographs.

Publisher's full printed wrappers lettered in red. In the original glassine dust jacket. Wittenborn and Company sticker on rear inner wrapper. Overall a fine copy.

With numerous photosgrapsh by Ruscha of gasoline stations throughout the American southwest, including California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

"Twentysix Gasoline Stations, a modest publication consisting of black and white photographs with captions, is an iconic artist book. The photographs are of petrol stations, along the highway between Ruscha’s home in Los Angeles and his parent’s house in Oklahoma City. Clive Phillpot, writer, curator and former Director of the Library at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, observes that the photographs are not reproduced in a linear sequence, with five photographs out of order. Taken from the highway and often including large areas of forecourt or road, the shots appear to be simply factual records of the petrol stations. Each opening of the book reveals one or two photographs in varying but repeated layouts, with the photographs set in relatively large areas of white space. The captions consist of the name of the petrol station and its location (for example, ‘Texaco, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles’ and ‘Flying A, Kingman, Arizona’). The front cover has the title printed in red as three separate lines, the stark brightness of the design muted by the wrap around protective cover. The book is the first in a sequence of photographic artist books by Ruscha. Twentysix Gasoline Stations was first published in 1963 (although the title page states 1962) in an edition of 400 numbered copies. It was subsequently republished in two unnumbered editions. Ruscha’s books, and this one in particular, are considered seminal in the history of artist books." (Tate Gallery).

HBS 68916.


Price: $3,250.00

Item #68916

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