Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins


Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins

January 11, 2020
October 04, 2020

About the Exhibit

Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins debuts a new body of more than a dozen round paintings made between 2017 and 2019 by the pioneering American artist known for his use of language.  The presentation features text Ruscha painted on found drumheads that he has collected over the past forty years. Informed by memories of the distinctive slang he grew up hearing in Oklahoma, the phrases consist of double and triple negatives such as “I Ain’t Telling You No Lie” and “I Never Done Nobody No Harm.” As Ruscha explains, “I grew up with people that spoke this way.…I was very acutely aware of it and amused by it. It seems like you’d run from incorrect English, but I embraced it. I like seeing it and exposing it.”

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Organized by Veronica Roberts, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art

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Ed Ruscha, "Not Never," 2018, diameter 31 5/8 inches. Photo: Paul Ruscha, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian
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Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.

Generous funding for this exhibition is provided by Jeanne and Michael Klein, with additional support from Ellen and David Berman and Suzanne Deal Booth.

Image Credit

Installation View, “Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins,” January 11 – July 12, 2020, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

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