Artist’s Project: Edward Ruscha


The noted L.A.–based artist, who represented the U.S. at the 2005 Venice Biennale, offers a selection of his altered book covers, which appear throughout the issue.

Originally from Omaha, NE, artist Edward Ruscha has lived in Los Angeles for over 40 years. His work includes paintings, prints, photographs, and a series of artists’ books such as Thirty-four Parking Lots and All the Buildings on the Sunset Strip. He was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1969 and 1978 and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1971. Ruscha’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His work has been shown at many other galleries and museums across the U.S. and internationally. His numerous accolades include being named an Honorary Royal Academician of London’s Royal Academy of Arts (2004), the Cultural Award from the German Society for Photography (2006), a National Arts Award for Artistic Excellence (2009), a spot on Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2013), and the J. Paul Getty Medal (2019).