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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

Edward Joseph Ruscha

Title

Schrafft's Hollywood Study

Origin

United States

Date

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

203 × 307 mm

Credit Line

Margaret Fisher Fund

Reference Number

2012.1137

Extended information about this artwork

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