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About the Work
Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He is considered one of the most important postwar artists, Ed Ruscha came into prominence during the 1960s pop art movement. First recognized for his associations to graphic design and commercial art, Ruscha became admired for his meditations on word and image. America Whistles is a limited edition signed & numbered lithograph by Ed Ruscha. Printed by Cirrus Editions and signed by Ed Ruscha in pencil. From a numbered edition of 200 (total edition also includes 25 artist proofs)
This striking early lithograph by Ed Ruscha was created in 1975 for a portfolio called America: the Third Century, commissioned by Mobil Oil Corporation in which thirteen American artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and others created works celebrating America's bicentennial the following year in 1976.
America Whistles was chosen as the cover for the 1976 issue of ArtNews magazine. As in many works in his oeuvre, Ruscha employs humorous, ironic sayings as a commentary on our contemporary culture. Now, nearly four decades on, the words here may convey a more nuanced message for the nation. As a play on the phrase in this image, the background of the print is comprised of musical notes.
Working in a variety of media and taking the environment of Los Angeles as a guide, Ruscha creates candid, comic presentations of familiar ideas and locations that continue to impact contemporary art.