The exhibition celebrates the American artist’s 50 year career with a retrospective of his work.
On display are 78 striking paintings, from bold images with playful words, to haunting black and white silhouettes.
Ed Ruscha was at yesterday morning’s press view and explained how he paints ideas rather than scenes. He also said there are a few more of his works “in the refrigerator,” which have never yet been exhibited.
The Hayward Gallery’s director, Ralph Rugoff also talked about Ruscha’s amazing contribution to the art world – how he introduced language into painting by painting words, how his work continued to evolve in each decade, and how he has influenced countless modern artists.
Ruscha is like an old friend of The Hayward Gallery, as his work was exhibited in a pop art show during the gallery’s first year, back in 1969.
The gallery will be closing from February to May 2010, and we know we’re going to miss it! So make sure you see Ed Ruscha: 50 Years of Painting before then.