Los Angeles, 4 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Douglas Fogle, chief curator at Hammer Museum, presents an exhibition combining the work of photographer and painter Ed Ruscha with that of writer Jack Kerouac. “Ed Ruscha: On the Road” will be running until 2 October 2011.
The exhibition engages with the American landscapes and expanses described by Jack Kerouac and depicted by Ed Ruscha. Kerouac is considered the emblematic figure of the Beat Generation, a literary and artistic movement which has been a source of inspiration for Ed Ruscha. The artist contributed to the 2009 re-edition of On the Road, supported by Gagosian Gallery and publishing house Steidl. The photographs that supplement the book were taken, selected and assembled by Ed Ruscha himself.
Douglas Fogle wanted to draw the link between Kerouac’s words and for this reason, some of Ruscha’s images have been printed specially for the event.
The exhibition clearly reminds of “Ed Ruscha: Road Tested” hosted at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, which explored the artist’s fascination for cars via his own paintings, photos, drawings and films. Michael Auping, who curated the show, declared that Ruscha’s work has always been linked to travelling.