To Ruscha, With Love
View Enlarged Photo and CaptionIt's true there's never a bad time to visit the National Gallery, but right now there's extra incentive with the launch of the museum's latest show "Cotton Puffs, Q-tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha." I know, I know, drawings alone don't sound very enticing, but these works by the California-based artist really pack a punch (See our Ruscha photo gallery). Ruscha has never been easy to categorize, but he's far too fun for that to matter. He broke new ground in the 1960s -- the Standard Oil stations, "Los Angeles County Museum on Fire," his later, often playful, word imagery. He's also a master of technique: Check out his use of gunpowder pigment. Ruscha is scheduled to represent the U.S. at this year's Venice Biennale, so it's a terrific time to consider his work.
Next door to Ruscha, you'll find the museum's Andre Kertesz retrospective. Wholly unrelated, except that it's another stupendous show. Sneak a peek in our Kertesz photo gallery. -- Maura
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