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Schrafft's Hollywood Study

A work made of blue ballpoint pen and graphite on textured off-white wove paper placemat (discolored to light yellow), with off-set lithography in yellowish brown metal ink.

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  • A work made of blue ballpoint pen and graphite on textured off-white wove paper placemat (discolored to light yellow), with off-set lithography in yellowish brown metal ink.

Date:

1967

Artist:

Ed Ruscha
American, born 1937

About this artwork

As with many of Ruscha’s motifs, around 1967 he took artistic ownership of the Hollywood sign, using it in a wide variety of media and compositions. Here he has dashed off two studies of the iconic sign, presumably while drinking a cup of coffee at Schrafft’s Restaurant (stains from a cup are visible at center). As with many of his word images, his conception of the sign echoes that of his famous 1962 photograph of a Standard Oil station, seen in three-quarter view with one-point perspective diminishing to the left.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Ed Ruscha

Title

Schrafft's Hollywood Study

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1967

Medium

Blue ballpoint pen and graphite on textured off-white wove paper placemat (discolored to light yellow), with off-set lithography in yellowish brown metal ink

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower right corner, in graphite: "Ed Ruscha 1967"; inscribed lower left corner, in graphite: "$3.75 / $3.25"

Dimensions

20.3 × 30.7 cm (8 × 12 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Margaret Fisher Fund

Reference Number

2012.1137

Extended information about this artwork

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