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Zoo, 1969

Edward Ruscha

American, 1937-
Lithograph on calendered Rives BFK paper; torn and deckle edges
comp: 5 x 7 in. (12.7 x 17.8 cm); sheet: 9-3/4 x 12 in. (24.8 x 30.5 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift
P.1972.08.023
© 2012 Edward Ruscha

Not on view

Ruscha plays the typography of a word off the word itself. Zoo and Ooo are not liquid words, but words formed by folded or curled papers rendered in trompe-l’oeil. The printer Jean Milant established his own shop, Cirrus Editions and Cirrus Gallery, in Hollywood; Ruscha made 20 editions at Cirrus between 1970 and 1974, many of which were a combination of lithography and screen printing.


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