Ed Ruscha Interview: Advice to the Young

Spend 30 seconds with one of the most influential figures of 20th-century American art, 80-year-old Ed Ruscha, who here passes on radical advice to young artists from German colleague, Max Ernst: “Cut off an ear.”

Ruscha quotes the German painter Max Ernst (b.1891-d.1976) – a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism – feeling that his advice is impossible to beat.

Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) is an American painter, photographer and filmmaker, who is considered a central figure in post-war American art. Ruscha is closely associated with cool and elegant representations of stylized gas stations, Hollywood logos and archetypal landscapes – accompanied by his wry choice of words and phrases. Ruscha has also created some of the first and most important artist books in history, typically featuring repetitive photographs of commonplace subjects.

Solo exhibitions include prominent venues such as Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, MAXXI in Rome, Haus der Kunst in Munich, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Tate Modern in London. In 2005 Ruscha represented the 51st Biennale di Venezia, and in 2001 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Ed Ruscha was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark in June 2018 in connection with the exhibition ‘VERY’.

Camera: Jakob Solbakken

Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum for Modern Art, 2018

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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