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img518Fine printing and photography are usually part of what we conveniently call  the “Artist Book”. What interests me more than most things about this subject are the anecdotes around the artists making these books or the bibliographical references related to these books. Today re-reading an exhibition catalog on artist prints pictured above, I found some little known facts about a well known artist and artist book creator Ed Ruscha.

img519The catalog, First Impressions: Early Prints by Forty-six Contemporary Artists, was produced on the occasion of an exhibition with the same title held in 1989 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Curators Elizabeth Armstrong and Sheila McGuire wrote some very competent and well referenced essays on these artists (artists whose works are covered are listed on the back book cover shown above) and their print work. Here is the essay on Ed Ruscha, written by Elizabeth Armstrong.

img522img521(further references on Ruscha’s books can be found in the catalog The Open Book page 198-199).