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Ed Ruscha – Metro Mattresses


Sprüth Magers Berlin
Oranienburger Straße 18
D-10178, Berlin
November 3, 2015 – January 16, 2016


"Ed Ruscha has been casting his eye across the landscapes of the American west for over 50 years, taking in everything from gas stations to swimming pools to sublime mountain ranges. With their clarity and deadpan wit, his photographs, drawings and paintings impart a mood of playful awe on everyday monuments. The motifs for his new series Metro Mattresses were found, like so many of the subjects of his work, on the streets of Los Angeles. In each of the twelve works in the series we encounter a mattress, or mattresses, isolated and in various states of neglect, all depicted against a neutral backdrop.

Mattresses are evocative objects: repositories of dreams, essential yet private, at once mundane and lush with possibility. When a mattress wears out, it becomes a cumbersome slab of raw intimacy that needs to be discarded. Ruscha noticed the mattresses cast aside on the streets of LA and began photographing them systematically before translating the images into pictures on paper-like museum board. The consistent neutral background emphasizes the typological nature and the heightened formality of the series, transforming the boxes of springs and padding into geometric abstractions. Yet the rhomboids and rectangles slump and fold with age, while the jagged rips and occasional trickles of fluid remind us that the mattresses have absorbed countless intimate experiences."

Sprüth Magers


Getting There: Ed Ruscha



—01. A film by Matthew Donaldson.


After recently featuring Yohji Yamamoto, the 'Getting There' series by Nowness continues with Ed Ruscha. As he drives through Los Angeles the artist tells us about his daily experience with a particular pothole, a unique approach to listening to the radio, and the way he looks at the city.



In Focus: Ed Ruscha


April 9th - September 29th, 2013
J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049.


"Highlighting Ruscha’s engagement with photography, vernacular architecture and car culture, this second Getty exhibition for Pacific Standard Time Presents features prints and materials related to Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963), Some Los Angeles Apartments (1965), and Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966). On view for the first time are also contact sheets from the artist’s shoot of Pacific Coast Highway in 1974-75, one of the many streets he has documented extensively since 1965".

Pacific Standard Time

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