Ed Ruscha: Guacamole Airlines and Other Drawings. Poem by Peter Schjeldahl. Designed by Ruscha. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York, 1980. 96 pp. Squarish quarto (10 x 10.5/26 x 25.5 cm). First edition. INSCRIBED on front flyleaf, 'Best Wishes to famed music impresario Jerry Wexler**/Ed Ruscha/1980'. Clothbound in illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white and color illustrations.
**From an NY Times obituary: 'Jerry Wexler was a reporter for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s. He christened black popular music 'rhythm and blues' and, as a record producer, helped lead the genre to mainstream popularity, propelling the careers of Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and other performers'
"Guacamole Airlines and Other Drawings is Ruscha's own selection of 84 of his favorite drawings. Using such imaginative media as gunpowder, spinach, and carrots, Ruscha's drawings are small, intimate forays into the dehumanized modern world. What could be more telling than 'Made in USA' boldly silhouetted on a pink ground made of Pepto-Bismol? Ruscha reminds us that where there is absurdity and humor there is truth."--the publisher
Very slight curve to boards; otherwise Fine.