The Works of Edward Ruscha, Hudson Hills Press, 1982, SC, Good

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Hickey, Dave, Peter Plagens, Anne Lives, et al. New York. Hudson Hills Press. 1982.
English, First Edition, Good, SC, 4to, 10 ⅛” x 10,” 182 pp.
ISBN: 0933920229

Stiff black wraps with yellow flecks, “I DONT WANT NO RETRO SPECTIVE” in white text inside red square to front, white text to front, spine, and back, black-and-white map of Oklahoma City to inside of front cover, black-and-white map of Los Angeles to inside of back cover and endpaper, with fold-out pages throughout. Foxing to edges throughout, minor age toning, mild soiling from image transfer at front page, mild shelfwear to front and back, very mild edgewear, otherwise clean, tightly bound, and excellent. 182 pp. Replete with full-color and black-and-white images. Published in Association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the exhibition “The Works of Edward Ruscha” on tour in 1982 and 1983. Essays by Dave Hickey and Peter Plagans, Introduction by Anne Livet, and Foreword by Henry T. Hopkins. The text introduces the reader to Ruscha’s art, including first-hand interactions between the authors and Ruscha, and explores the artist’s range, addressing specific works of art. The plates showcase the variety of mixed media used by Ruscha and the different contemporary messages conveyed. Ruscha’s art “says something worth saying, by showing something worth seeing” and his “method of criticizing without criticism blends with his ability to illustrate without illustration” (From Peter Plagens’ essay, p. 32, 40).