Gagosian is opening the second season of its Artist Spotlight series with works by Ed Ruscha. The online exhibition follows a successful run launched in the Spring, selling newly made works by Jenny Saville, Mark Bradford and Mark Grotjahn, among others. The announced sales totaled more than $10 million, but Gagosian representatives report the total achieved across the series is far higher. The success of the Ruscha sale, where all of the works were sold before the show opened, suggests the biggest names in art are having no problem finding buyers.
Gagosian reported it had placed all five of the works with buyers, each made this year and priced at $95,000, shortly after unveiling them for the 48-hour viewing window. There’s still one work to be revealed. The dealer will announce it on October 20.
The new works by Ruscha feature the artist’s recognizable blurred text on neutral grounds with short phrases like “Riot Box” and “At That.” The paint of the typeface appears smeared, which according to the gallery’s statement recalls an ever-moving state of text in the digital sphere. They draw on Ruscha’s “ribbon” drawings made in the late 1960-70s, featuring single-words like “City,” and “Sin” coiled like fabric. In his next phase, Ruscha developed an airbrush look that gave his words a signature fogginess.Continue Reading