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Smash by Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Smash, 1963

Oil on canvas
182.2 x 170.1 cm (71.73 x 66.97 in)
Unique artwork
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Momentum 12M
Last recorded sale at Christie's, New York (12 Nov 2014)

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Past Sales
ImageSale dateAuction houseLocationSale nameLot No.EstimatePrice SoldConditionTitle
Nov 12, 2014
Christie'sNew YorkPost-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale30
$****** - ******
Artwork Description



182.2 x 170.1 cm (71.73 x 66.97 in)


oil on canvas


signed and dated '3 / 1963 E. RUSCHA' (on the stretcher)


Ferus Gallery, Los AngelesCharles Cowles, New York Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Cowles, New YorkMr. and Mrs. Donald B. Marron, New YorkLeo Castelli Gallery, New York

Private collection, Chicago

Acquired from the above by the present owner


New York, Ferus Gallery, Edward Ruscha, May-June 1963.Oakland Art Museum and California College of Arts and Crafts, Pop Art U.S.A., September 1963, p. 56 (illustrated in color).Seattle Art Museum, Ten from Los Angeles, July-September 1966, p. 49.Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Paintings, Drawings and Other Works by Edward Ruscha, June-July 1976, pp. 6 and 13 (illustrated).San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Vancouver Art Gallery; Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Works of Edward Ruscha, March 1982-June 1983, pp. 16-17 and 65 (illustrated in color).New York, Marisa del Re Gallery, Masters of the Sixties: From New Realism to Pop Art, November-December 1984, p. 39 (illustrated in color).New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, XXXth Anniversary, Part I: The First Fifteen Years, January-March 1987.Mexico City, Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Leo Castelli y sus Artistas: XXX Años de Promocion del Arte Contemporaneo, June-October 1987.Washington, D.C. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Miami Art Museum and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Ed Ruscha, June 2000-September 2001, p. 22 (illustrated in color).


J. Coplans, "Pop Art U.S.A.," Artforum, October 1963, p. 27 (illustrated).United States of America: V Paris Biennale, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1967, p. 34 (illustrated).M-L. Cosnil, "Americains à la Biennale," Informations et Documents, 1967, p. 23.G. Roberts, "The Schizophrenic Art Market," Los Angeles Magazine, 1967, p. 45 (illustrated).Biennale de Paris, une Anthologie: 1959-1967, Salles de la Fondation National des Arts Plastiques et Graphiques, Paris, 1977, n.p. (illustrated).P. Failing, "Edward Ruscha, Young Artist," ARTnews, 1982, p. 77.J. Russell, "30th Anniversary Exhibition," The New York Times, 1987.J. Freeman, "Ed Ruscha," L.A. Pop in the Sixties, Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1989, p. 126.Ed Ruscha: Romance with Liquids, Paintings 1966-69, exh. cat., New York, Gagosian Gallery, 1993, p. 10 (illustrated).R. Polsky, "If..," Art + Auction, 1997, p. 137.J. Brandenburg, "Show Provides Final Word on Ruscha's Work," Daily Oklahoman, 2001, p. 10-B (illustrated).R. Dean and P. Poncy, eds., Ed Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume One: 1958-1970, New York, 2003, pp. 86-87, no. P1963.02 (illustrated in color). A. Farquharson, ed., Brian Wilson: An Art Book, London, 2005, n.p. (illustrated in color). R. Marshall, Ed Ruscha, London and New York, 2005, p. 34 (illustrated in color).Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting, exh. cat., London, Hayward Gallery, 2010, p. 15, fig. 9 (illustrated in color).