Künstlerbuch | Artists’ book: Ed Ruscha. Business Cards, 1968

Künstlerbuch | Artists’ book: Ed Ruscha. Business Cards, 1968

Collaboration with Billy Al Bengston

Black offset printing on white paper

22.2 x 14.3 x 1 cm

  • Edition | 1000
  • Exterior | Softcover, faux wood-grain commercial paper stock wrapped around pages; black-and-white photograph attached to center front with black paper mounting corners
  • Binding | Latigo (a single leather lace running through 2 drilled holes, both ends knotted on front cover); bound by hand by the artists
  • Pages | 32 (14 pages with 21 photographic illustrations, 6 text pages, 9 blank pages, 1 page with business card and reproduction of photograph stapled to paper, 1 title page, 1 copyright page)
  • Inscription | Cover of each book signed by Bengston „B.A.B“ and by Ruscha „Edward Ruscha;“ location of signatures varies from book to book
  • Printer | G.R. Hutter Lithography, Burbank, California
  • Printer | Vaughan Printing Co., Santa Monica, California
  • Publisher | Heavy Industry Publications, Hollywood
  • Commends | Bengston’s business card is crumpled in each copy of the book as a nod to the „Dento“ series of paintings he did in the 1950s. Photographs in the book are by Larry Bell and Ken Prince.
  • The current price for Business Cards is about 2.500-4000€, available on abebooks

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Pictures and Information are taken from:

Edward Ruscha. EDITIONS 1959-1999 | Catalogue Raisonne, Vol. 1: Prints, Books Misc; Vol. 2: Essays, Entries, Information, Minneapolis 1999.

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