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Ed Ruscha’s Archive Acquired by Harry Ransom Center

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Photos from Ed Ruscha’s “Royal Road Test.” (Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.)

Ed Ruscha‘s silhouetted “Rooster” (1987) sold for a sweet $605,000 yesterday at Sotheby’s, but the real crowing is about Texas. This week the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin announced its acquisition of Ruscha’s archive. The trove includes five personal journals filled with preliminary sketches and notes; notes, photographs, correspondence, and contact sheets relating to the creation and publication of his artist’s books such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1962) and Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966); and materials relating to his short films “Miracle” (1975) and “Premium” (1971). “The thought that my working documentation could be in this magnificent repository is a wonderful honor and destination of great respect,” said Ruscha in a statement. “I now see that the Ransom Center is the home to end all homes.”

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