The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will present a unique Ed Ruscha retrospective, exhibiting a selection of the artist’s iconic paintings from the 1960s side-by-side with his work 40 years later.
An innovator of both West-Coast Pop and Conceptual Art, Ruscha first gained attention in the 1960s for works that combine text and image with a deadpan take on American culture.
The exhibition considers the artist’s use of recurring words, images, and themes — from commercial culture to the landscape of Los Angeles — across the decades.
The museum’s collection holds 30 works by the artist, including the outdoor mural “Brave Men of La Jolla.”
“Ed Ruscha: Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s” opens on Saturday, Jan. 30, in La Jolla and continues through April 24.
Also opening is an exhibition of new works by influential the Baja California-based artist Álavaro Blancarte.
Founded in 1941, the museum is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County, with locations in La Jolla and downtown San Diego. Both locations are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Wednesday.
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