Ed Ruscha Archive

Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937). Standard Station (detail), 1966. Color screenprint. Printed by Art Krebs, Los Angeles, published by Audrey Sabol, Villanova, Pennsylvania. Museum purchase, Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund, 2000.131.5.1

For more than forty years, Ed Ruscha (b. Omaha, Nebraska, 1937) has been an influential figure in postwar American painting and one of contemporary art’s most significant graphic artists. In October 2000 the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced the acquisition of Ruscha’s complete graphic archive: 325 editioned prints and approximately 800 working proofs (color proofs, trial proofs, cancellation proofs). The archive has grown considerably since this initial acquisition, which was funded by the generosity of Mrs. Paul L. Wattis: the Museum continues to acquire an impression of every editioned print, photograph, or other editioned project that Ruscha undertakes.