Detail View: The AMICA Library: Bronson Tropics

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1998.114
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Drawings and Watercolors
Creator Name: 
Ruscha, Edward
Creator Nationality: 
North American; American
Creator Role: 
artist
Creator Dates/Places: 
1937
Gender: 
M
Creator Name-CRT: 
Edward Ruscha
Title: 
Bronson Tropics
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
1965
Creation Start Date: 
1965
Creation End Date: 
1965
Materials and Techniques: 
graphite powder and graphite wash, with point of brush and graphite wash (ruled)
Dimensions: 
Sheet: 35.5cm x 57.3cm, Image: 33cm x 54.6cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1998.114
Credit Line: 
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Inscriptions: 
signed, lower left, in graphite: Edward Ruscha 1965
Rights: 
Provenance: 
Collection of the artist, 1965-1998. [Anthony d'Offay, London]
Context: 
Edward Ruscha has lived and worked in Los Angeles since he moved there after high school in the 1950s. He was one of the first artists on the West Coast to work in the style that became known as Pop art. Like the New York artist Andy Warhol, Ruscha became interested in widely recognizable, com-mercial images. He was also influenced by the open, car-oriented spaces of Los Angeles, and by the architectural makeup of the city. Bronson Tropics derives from an illustrated book, Some Los Angeles Apartments, which the artist photographed himself and published in 1965. The buildings Ruscha photo-graphed were unremarkable, but he was interested in showing them objectively, presenting them in a context that would make the viewer take a second look. With this drawing, he transformed the look of the original building even further. Using a tonal technique of graphite powder, he streamlined the appearance of the fa├žade to give the work the "slickness" of an advertisement.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1998.114.tif