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Edward Ruscha photographs of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard, 1965-2010.

Ruscha, Edward.

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  • Title:
    Edward Ruscha photographs of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard, 1965-2010.
  • Variant Title: Ed Ruscha photographs of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard
    Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard
  • Author/Creator: Ruscha, Edward.
  • Creation Date: 1965-2010.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: The American artist Edward Joseph Ruscha IV was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 16, 1937, and raised in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts) in 1960; Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffer were among the teachers who had an especially strong influence on him. In 1962 his work was included in New painting of common objects, the first exhibition of Pop Art, curated by Walter Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum. The following year Hopps gave Ruscha his first solo show at Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles. Informed by Pop Art and the distinctive billboard culture of Los Angeles, Ruscha went on to become a pivital presence in the West Coast and Conceptual art scenes. Known for the drawings and paintings of words and phrases that he began making in the 1960s, as well as for his photographic artist's books, Ruscha is one of the pre-eminent artists of his generation. He has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad.
  • Arrangement: Organized in two series: Series I.: Sunset Boulevard, 1965-2010, undated; Series II.: Hollywood Boulevard, 1973-2005, undated.
  • Physical Desc.: 71.6 linear ft. (50 boxes, 1 flatfile).
    1 videocassette (V8) of 1 b&w. ; 8mm. original..
    14 videocassettes (Mini DV-Cam) of 14 : b&w ; 1/4 in. original..
    1 videocassette (DAT) of 1 : digital ; 1/8 in. original..
    6 videocassetttes of 6 : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. original..
    3 videodiscs (DVD) of 3 : b&w. ; 4 3/4 in. original..
    142 compact optical discs (CD) of 142 : digital ; 4 3/4 in. original (3 sets)..
    21 compact optical discs (CD) of 21 : digital ; 4 3/4 in. use copy..
  • Summary: The collection is comprised of material related to Ed Ruscha's photographic documentation of two major Los Angeles thoroughfares, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard, which Ruscha recorded using a motorized camera mounted on a tripod in the bed of his pickup truck. Materials pertaining to the projects that resulted from the shoots is also included.
    Between 1965 and 2001 Ruscha documented Sunset Boulevard in twelve shoots that covered the twenty-five mile length of Sunset Boulevard and included both sides of the street. Series I. Sunset Boulevard, contains approximately 5,000 original negatives and 90 contact sheets (circa 10,380 frames) from the 1966, 1976, and 1998 shoots; the original film rolls (on seven negative and seven positive rolls) from the seven shoots made between 1973 and 1997 (excluding 1976); the 2000 and 2001 shoots present as six videotapes; and corresponding documentation. It also contains the production materials for his 1966 book Every building on the Sunset Strip and his 1995 portfolio Sunset Strip 1965/1995, produced with the art dealer and gallerist Patrick Painter in 1995. Materials pertaining to the book span from negatives and contact sheets from the earliest documentation attempts (circa 1965) to Jerry McMillan's 1965 preliminary contact prints and mock-ups, to the finished book. Included are circa 800 negatives and 64 contact sheets, Ruscha's mock-ups and maquettes, proofs, press pulls, and proof and final copies of the book, and a record book containing lists of expenses for shooting and printing and lists of books both gifted and sold. The later portfolio is represented by negatives and prints used for selecting the final images or test shots, "scratched" (i.e. altered) negatives and prints, and a small amount of documentation pertaining to the project.
    Series II. Hollywood Boulevard, contains materials resulting from Ruscha's documentation of that thoroughfare between 1973 and 2004. The four shoots (1973, 2002, 2003, and 2004) covered twelve miles and included both the north and south sides of the street. Included are the original 1973 still images (circa 4,600 negatives and 29 contact sheets containing circa 4,500 frames) and the later images shot on still film (circa 14,000 negatives and two positive film reels) and video (2 videos), as well as documentation pertaining to the original shoot. Still images from all of the shoots are also compiled on CDs. In 2005 the German publisher and master printer, Gerhard Steidl, published Then & now: Hollywood Boulevard 1973-2004, in both a limited edition portfolio and as a trade book. Also included in Series II are the production materials for this project, ranging from index prints, initial layouts, proof sheets, and dummies, to examples of the final products. Documentation includes maps, street name and numbering systems, image sequence lists, and memos on working and production procedures.
  • Language: English
  • Form/Genre: Artists books -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Black-and-white negatives -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Black-and-white negatives -- California -- Los Angeles -- 21st century
    Compact discs -- California -- Los Angeles -- 21st century
    Contact sheets -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Contact sheets -- California -- Los Angeles -- 21st century
    Contact prints -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Contact prints -- California -- Los Angeles -- 21st century
    DVDs -- California -- Los Angeles -- 21st century
    Dummies (printed matter) -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Photographic film (photographic materials) -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
    Photographic film (photographic materials) -- California -- Los Angeles -- 21st century
    Videotapes -- United States -- Los Angeles -- 21st century
    Born digital
  • Subjects: Streets -- California -- Los Angeles Hollywood Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Description and travel Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Description and travel Sunset Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Description and travel
  • Contributors: McMillan, Jerry, 1936- Ruscha, Edward. Ruscha, Edward. Ruscha, Edward. Steidl, Gerhard. Patrick Painter Inc.
  • Additional Title: Every building on the Sunset Strip.
    Sunset Strip 1965/1995.
    Then & now: Hollywood Boulevard 1973-2004.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2958-976
    2012.M.1
    2012.M.1*
    2012.M.1**
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers. Audio-visual materials unavailable until reformatting is complete. Film negatives unavailable due to conservation concerns.
  • OCLC Record Number: 775480162

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