%C2%A9 Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams

Double Standard, 1969

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In 1962 Ruscha produced a book called Twentysix Gasoline Stations, a collection of deadpan documentary photographs he made of gas stations along Route 66 between Los Angeles and his hometown of Oklahoma City. Later he produced a painting and several screenprints based on the photographs. Like many of Ruscha's works, Double Standard has a punning title. The Standard sign urges you to buy your gas here, but it has other connotations--"the model against which others should be measured," for example, and "mediocre or commonplace." The title Double Standard—deriving from the crossed signs—suggests unfairness, especially in judging male and female behavior.

Double Standard
Artist Life
born 1937
Accession Number
Brooke Alexander Editions, New York; sold to MIA, 1970.
Catalogue Raisonne
Foster 31; Engberg 32
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© Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams