Ed Ruscha & POP Magazine

Tonight I went to see one of my favourite artists, Ed Ruscha, give a talk at the Southbank Centre to coincide with the Hayward exhibition Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting. He spoke, with the help of old-school slides, about his influences and body of work — making me remember why I admire his work, and the number of influences that he brings into it (which include typesetting, graphic design and photography). Ruscha is, arguably, well known for creating one of the first artists’ books of the twentieth century, Twentysix Gasoline Stations.

Afterwards, we visited the Pop Magazine exhibition CrASH, a Ballardian event featuring, among other things, beautiful Dali-meets-Mugabe pencil drawings, and a fantastically theatrical car-themed performance.

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