Exhibition: Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire

This exhibition runs from Mon, 11th Jun 2018 to Sun, 7th Oct 2018. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Wed,
26th Sep 2018  
(10am - 6pm)
Thu,
27th Sep 2018  
(10am - 6pm)
Fri,
28th Sep 2018  
(10am - 9pm)
Sat,
29th Sep 2018  
(10am - 6pm)
Sun,
30th Sep 2018  
(10am - 6pm)
Mon,
1st Oct 2018  
(10am - 6pm)
Tue,
2nd Oct 2018  
(10am - 6pm)

Cost: Free of Charge


See Ed Ruscha's modern take on the cyclical nature of civilisation, evocative of Thomas Cole's series of the same name

Ed Ruscha (1937–) has shaped the way we see the American landscape over the span of his influential six-decade career. Elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous, Ruscha’s work conveys a unique brand of visual American zen.

In 2005, Ruscha was asked to represent the United States at the 51st Venice Biennale. Dealing with the theme of "progress, or the course of progress," Ruscha's Biennale installation evoked Thomas Cole's famous painting cycle of 1833–36, 'The Course of Empire', concurrently on display in the Ground Floor Galleries.

Unlike Cole’s grandiose vision of the rise and fall of a classical civilisation, Ruscha’s ‘Course of Empire’ focuses on the industrial buildings of Los Angeles – simple, box-like, utilitarian structures with no pretension to beauty but redolent of economic might and global reach.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Location

The National Gallery,

Trafalgar Square,
London,
WC2N 5DN

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