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Hand Showing Book Cover

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1963

Artist:

Ed Ruscha
American, born 1937

About this artwork

Groundbreaking conceptual artist Ed Ruscha became known for photobooks depicting mundane American subjects in series: palm trees, swimming pools, parking lots. Here a hand, belonging to fellow artist Joe Goode, holds the first of these books, Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963), whose title mimics Ruscha’s deadpan “what you see is what you get” approach to image making. Even though the volume is slim and filled with two-dimensional images, this photograph brings out its sculptural quality.

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Photography, Gallery 10

Artist

Edward Joseph Ruscha

Title

Hand Showing Book Cover

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1963

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

24.1 × 19.5 cm (image); 25.3 × 20.3 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of the artist

Reference Number

2011.60

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