The Dada drawing that was a “light switch” for Ed Ruscha

In art school Ed Ruscha was struck by an unusual drawing by Dada artist Johannes Theodor Baargeld that he developed a “mystical connection” to. He made a cold call to MoMA to see if he could come see it in person and, surprisingly, got through. Hear how the encounter went on to inspire his own work’s “controlled disorder.”

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