Softcover; white paper; title printed in red ink on front and spine; glassine dust jacket; approximately 50 copies from the first edition were accompanied by a black cardboard slipcase. Book contains 26 photogrpahic illustration; 48 pp. This copy: Second edition.

© Ed Ruscha

Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1963 (second edition, 1967)

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In this seminal artist's book of 1963, Ruscha presents the reader with a selection of black and white photographs of service stations encountered during a highway journey he made on U.S. Route 66 from Los Angeles to his hometown of Oklahoma City. Evoking the working method of a documentary photographer, Ruscha captured the mundane and unadorned face of American consumer culture. Each of the 26 photographs in the book is captioned with a title and location, collectively representing an alphabet or lexicon of "stations," which ends fittingly with a photograph of a FINA service station. There is no additional text. This innovative and groundbreaking publication is today celebrated as an iconic example of editioned artist-produced books.

Details
Title
Twentysix Gasoline Stations
Artist Life
born 1937
Role
Artist
Accession Number
B.97.6.1
Provenance
Transferred from MIA Library
Catalogue Raisonne
Foster 1; Engberg B1; 101 Books, pp.182-185; The Open Book, pp.198-201; The Photobook, vol. II, pp.140-43.
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Softcover; white paper; title printed in red ink on front and spine; glassine dust jacket; approximately 50 copies from the first edition were accompanied by a black cardboard slipcase. Book contains 26 photogrpahic illustration; 48 pp. This copy: Second edition.

© Ed Ruscha