Ed Ruscha made his very first art in his native Oklahoma, but soon became attracted to Los Angeles . Curator Margit Rowell has examined his extensive body of work and created a brilliant exhibition of his seldom seen drawings. Rowell visits Ruscha in his studio, looking at new paintings with the artist, discussing his progress over the decades and asking him to comment on the many milestones in his large retrospective exhibition at MoCA in Los Angeles.
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I like the idea that the anxiety of modern life could be hiding behind a given mountain, and the sounds of the city and everything. Blast Curtain that comes from those walls, those steel walls that you see at airports to cut down on sound. And I thought that this had to be painted so I could gammer down these words. Also the idea of reading a phrase or two words the same forward as back, they read the same in both directions, seemed to have some reality for me. And then the idea of some kind of...