An exhibition at the Gagosian and a book published by MIT Press shows Ed Ruscha’s influence on contemporary artists, photographers and even writers who engaged his work in a stimulating aesthetic dialogue. The exhibition is presented chronologically, with Ruscha’s various publications displayed with those of his followers, ironically beginning with a letter from the Library of Congress rejecting his Twenty six Gasoline Stations, which is now arguably his most famous work: This alone is the subject of two dozen reinterpretations.
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