(Excerpt from 'Ed Ruscha and Paul Holdengräber: A Conversation. LIVE from the NYPL' posted on e-flux. Found here www.e-flux.com/announcements/ed-ruscha-and-paul-holdengraber-live-from-the-nypl)
The New York Public Library is a vital part of the intellectual fabric of American life and presents thousands of exhibitions and public programs each year.
On March 6, Ed Ruscha takes the stage at The New York Public Library to reflect on his career and enduring influence in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE from the NYPL.
Ruscha’s work has profoundly influenced countless modern artists, but his artist books—such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, and A Few Palm Trees—offer a unique opportunity to trace that influence directly to the near and far corners of the modern art world. For decades, a broad spectrum of artists have produced their own small books, revisiting, rebelling against, and responding to the American painter and photographer’s idiosyncratic collections.
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(Image: Jerry McMillan, Ed covered with twelve of his books, 1970, Gelatin silver print, 13 1/2 x 9 inches (34.3 x 22.9 cm), Edition of 20; Courtesy of Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, California)