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Vanishing Cream

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Vanishing Cream


Ed Ruscha

American, born 1937

Gunpowder on paper
11 5/8 x 29 1/8 in. (29.5 x 48.6cm)
Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: [Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills]; purchased from gallery by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, Washington, 2009
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryLos Angeles, California, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, An Exhibition in Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 15 - Feb. 15, 1976. Not in catalogue.

Lyon, France, Musee Saint-Pierre Art Contemporain, Oct. 11 - Nov. 18, 1985. No cat. no., reproduced p. 50.

Vero Beach, Florida, Gallery at Windsor, Ed Ruscha: The Drawn World, Dec. 7, 2003 - Feb. 1, 2004. No cat. no., reproduced n.p.

New York, New York, Gagosian Gallery, Edward Ruscha: Drawings, May 3 - June 10, 2006.

Seattle, Washington, Wright Exhibition Space, 9 from L.A., Sept. 26, 2013 - Apr. 25, 2014.
Published ReferencesRuscha, Edward. Guacamole Airlines and Other Drawings by Edward Ruscha. New York: Abrams, 1980; reproduced pl. 25.

Morgan, Robert C. "Pastel, Juice and Gunpowder: The Pico Iconography of Ed Ruscha." Journal: A Contemporary Art Magazine 3, no. 10 (September-October 1981): p. 31, reproduced.

Ruscha, Ed. The Called Her Styrene. London: Phaidon, 2000; n.p., reproduced.

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