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Smaller Dish

A work made of dry-pigment on paper.

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  • A work made of dry-pigment on paper.

Date:

1985

Artist:

Ed Ruscha
American, born 1937

About this artwork

Against the cool rich blue field, Edward Ruscha’s overlapping ellipses resemble a bright white halo. The drawing was initially inspired by the circular space of a rotunda in a public library, for which the artist was commissioned to produce a mural. The mural was to contain a quotation from Hamlet-"Words without thoughts never to heaven go"-a reference that explains the double rings’ celestial resonance. In the process of exploring the rotunda’s shape on paper, Ruscha transformed it into a cup-and-saucer, an empty dog bowl, and the present small dish.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Edward Joseph Ruscha

Title

Smaller Dish

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1985

Medium

Dry-pigment on paper

Dimensions

1,016 x 1,524 mm (sight)

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Reference Number

1997.118

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