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October 30, 2020February 28, 2021

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha

Working in very different styles in the 1960s, Dieter Roth in Europe and Ed Ruscha in Los Angeles revolutionized the way artists work in the medium of books, each creating something immediate and new. The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha demonstrates that by subverting the traditional fine art publication of deluxe livres d’artistes, the artists’ self-published editions—outwardly modest yet conceptually advanced—broke new ground.

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Image: Edward Ruscha, Henry “Dick” DeRusha (printer), Every Building on the Sunset Strip by Edward Ruscha (Los Angeles: self published, 1966), 1966. Accordion-fold book of offset printed reproductions of black and white photographs, 7 1/8 x 5 11/16 x 1/2 in. (18.1 x 14.4 x 1.2 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Peter Selz through the Artist Book Council, 1992.165.4.1-1


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