Los Angeles, 10 October 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute have acquired photographs and archives by American artist, Ed Ruscha. 74 shots and two contact sheets will enrich the Los Angeles museum’s collection, as, until now, have never possessed any photographic work by the artist. Ruscha’s archival holdings, bought from Gagosian Gallery, will join the Research Institute.
Ruscha, born in Nebraska in 1937, is a painter, director and photographer. The margin of his production explores the Los Angeles urban landscape, however, he is also famous for his research work on modern and contemporary artists. His books on Pop Art and conceptual art have marked history of art in the 1960s.
Among the gallery’s acquisitions, are several shots which inspired Ruscha’s paintings. Researchers will equally be interested in the archives entitled, “The Streets of Los Angeles”, which combine documents and research that belong to the preparation of the Ruscha’s book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, published in 1966.