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Cash for Tools 2 / Rusty Signs

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2016,7004.1

  • Title (object)

    • Cash for Tools 2

    Title (series)

    • Rusty Signs
  • Description

    Print resembling a rusty metal sign that reads 'CASH FOR TOOLS' with the lettering in relief, with 'fixing' holes at the top two corners and a 'bullet' hole next to the 'R'. 2014
    Mixografía print on handmade paper

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 2014
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 610 millimetres
    • Width: 608 millimetres (irreg.)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated on image in pencil, lower right: 'Ed Ruscha 2014' and numbered 27/50 by the artist in pencil, lower left.
  • Curator's comments

    Produced using the patented Mixografia technique for printing high-relief works first developed in the 1970s by Luis and Lea Remba. The relief effect was obtained by placing wet handmade paper on inked printing plates that were passed through a press under great pressure. The letters and bullet holes were drawn by Ruscha and superimposed onto weathered metal plates before the printing plates were made. The holes were cut out after the printing. Ruscha has worked with Mixografia for over 20 years. In his 'Rusty Signs' series he explores the neglected and forgotten signs that can be found across the American landscape. Along with their state of disrepair, the words on the signs appear to reflect a society undergoing economic hardship. Published in an edition of 50 by Mixografia, Los Angeles.

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  • Location

    On display: G30

  • Exhibition history

    2017 9 Mar-18 Jun, London, BM, G30, The American Dream

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2016

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased from Mixografia with funds given by Gifford Combs. Credit line to read: Presented by Gifford Combs.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2016,7004.1

Print resembling a rusty metal sign that reads 'CASH FOR TOOLS' with the lettering in relief, with 'fixing' holes at the top two corners and a 'bullet' hole next to the 'R'. 2014<br/>Mixografía cast-paper print on handmade paper

Print resembling a rusty metal sign that reads 'CASH FOR TOOLS' with the lettering in relief, with 'fixing' holes at the top two corners and a 'bullet' hole next to the 'R'. 2014
Mixografía cast-paper print on handmade paper

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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