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Untitled (Ship)

A work made of acrylic on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of acrylic on white wove paper.

Date:

1988

Artist:

Ed Ruscha
American, born 1937

About this artwork

During the 1980s, Ruscha turned away from words and refocused his attention on American iconography, often culled from Hollywood movies, and here exemplified by the silhouette of a ship that perhaps recalls the legend of the Flying Dutchman just as much as it does the image on the label of Cutty Sark Scotch whisky. With allusions to vintage photography, and a play on the word caption (here as blank or censored as the ship is generic), the artist manages to trigger associations, leaving them wide open for viewers to discern and interpret.

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Artist

Edward Joseph Ruscha

Title

Untitled (Ship)

Origin

United States

Date

1988

Medium

Acrylic on white wove paper

Dimensions

1512 x 1004 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Press

Reference Number

1989.24

Extended information about this artwork

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