Phaidon They Called Her Styrene by Ed Ruscha

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This book reproduces close to 600 'word' artworks by Ruscha, all of which characterize his artistic scope and identity. Assembled together in the form of a thick block, making the book and art 'object' in itself, these images become a sort of novel without an obvious plot: a series of words with no narrative but, rather, with a life of their own. Some of the works consist of only one word -greatmudtrust - and others of short combinations or phrases, such as Indeed I doShe Sure Knew Her DevotionalsYour Polyester PeopleThat Housing Tract is Only Texture, and, of course, They Called Her Styrene.

In these works Ruscha's words transcend their apparent randomness to become visual icons of universal emotions and places known and imagined, exposing a dimension of multi-layered irony and threads of subtle and inventive social commentary. This volume embodies an aesthetically appealing compilation presented, in the manner of its content, with bold flair and bright colours: a book that simply cannot be left alone.

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