Ed RUSCHA and Kenny Scharf "The Cruiser" Hand Signed by both Artists
Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937) and Kenny Scharf
The Cruiser, 1990
Lithograph in five colors on white Rives BFK paper
36 x 27 in. (91.44 x 68.58 cm.)
Fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of Ed Ruscha's works on paper: Catalogue Raisonné: 200, Engberg
The Cruiser, a dramatic Pop/Conceptual work of art published in 1990 in a very limited edition of only 16, is the result of a rare collaboration between international art superstars Ed Ruscha and Kenny Scharf. This five-color lithograph with text was printed on white Rives paper with desirable deckled edges, so it would look terrific floated and framed.
Given that other impressions of this work are in permanent public collections including LACMA and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, it is extremely scarce especially in such fine condition.
The ship is a motif that Ed Ruscha has visited many times, particularly as it is pictured here – a shadowy mirage that seems to both emerge from and disappear into the fog. Ruscha’s work from this period is viewed by many as a metaphor for the end of the American Dream that was originated by valiant sailors as they sailed through uncertainty and found a new land.