Standard Station

A work made of color screenprint on ivory wove paper.

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  • A work made of color screenprint on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1966

Artist:

Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937)
printed by Art Krebs, Los Angeles
published by Audrey Sabol, Villanova, Pennsylvania

About this artwork

Standard Station was the first print on which Ruscha collaborated with a publisher, who financed the edition but left the execution up to the artist. Ruscha’s book of photographs Twenty-six Gasoline Stations, specifically the page depicting a Standard Oil station in Amarillo, Texas, provided the model for this print and for a painting he made in 1963. Of particular note is the execution of the graded sky colors. Ruscha achieved this effect through the use of a "split fountain," a technique of blending ink to create a rainbow effect. Originally created for commercial printing (the split fountain had been used in commercial lithographic and screenprinting shops for many years), Ruscha was one of the first to adapt it to fine-art printing. As the art historian Riva Castleman has pointed out, the garish rainbow effect achieved by Ruscha in this print was so often imitated that, by the late 1960s, it had become a printing cliché.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Edward Joseph Ruscha

Title

Standard Station

Origin

United States

Date

1966

Medium

Color screenprint on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

494 x 935 mm (image); 647 x 1009 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Harold Joachim Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1974.59b

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