Ed Ruscha: Every Building on Sunset Strip
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1 $1,800* ajzzzz 16:31:22  Dec 5
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Every Building on Sunset Strip. Photographs by Ed Ruscha. Published by the artist, 1971. Second edition of 5000 copies (originally published 1966 in an edition of 1000 copies. It is possible another 500 copies were published in 1969; however, records have been destroyed). Small octavo (7 x 5 5/8 in. closed; 299 1/2 in extended). Softbound accordion-fold of 53 1/2 panels. Black-and-white reproduction. Silver mylar covered slipcase with plain white belly band.

"Richard Prince: I hear you're doing Every Building on the Sunset Strip again [published by Steidl as Then & Now]. What's there right now?

Ed Ruscha: I photograph it every year or so. Anytime I get up to the Strip I'm confronted by two things: How many buildings still do exist, and how much things have changed. But they will soon be doing plenty of Rambo-Vegas-style projects that will span Sunset Boulevard with skywalk bridges and mirrored escalator malls that will be cruel to the eyes. It's cancerous and ultimately fatal. I wish time would stand still."--excerpt from Ed Ruscha: the original master of California cool has never been hotter, an interview with Richard Prince, Interview magazine, July, 2005

Fine; A very bright copy in lovely, near-mint mylar; slight creasing along half the length of the spine, typical of this title; several aged residue marks near the spine from the glue which holds the silver Mylar outer paper of the slipcase to the inner front edges, also typical; belly band slightly age darkened with tiny tears at its outer edges and a crease at its end-corner.
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