Every Building on the Sunset Strip; Inscribed by Ed Ruscha to His Aunt

  • Every Building on the Sunset Strip.
  • Every Building on the Sunset Strip.

Every Building on the Sunset Strip.


Item Number: 1012

Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1966.

First edition, second issue. Small octavo, original stiff self-wrappers, original slipcase. Association copy, inscribed by Ruscha to his aunt, “For Aunt Carol Ed Ruscha.” One continuous accordion-fold page composed of glued paper segments with black-and-white photographs of every building on the sunset strip. Near fine in a very good slipcase. An exceptional association.

In the 1960s, Ed Ruscha more or less reinvented the artist’s book. By turning away from the craftsmanship and luxury status that typified the livre d’artiste in favor of the artistic idea or concept, expressed simply through photographs and text, Ruscha opened the genre to the possibilities of mass-production and distribution. The 27-foot length of the accordion-folded Every Building on the Sunset Strip affords the viewer two continuous photographic views of the mile and a half section of this landmark stretch of Sunset, one for each side of one of the city’s landmark thoroughfare" (The Getty Research Institute). Roth 101; Parr & Badger, Photobook II.

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