In paintings like those in his iconic “Standard Oil” series and such books as Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Ed Ruscha has long chronicled the American landscape with what writer J.G. Ballard called “the coolest gaze in American art.” Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Ruscha moved to Los Angeles in 1956 at age 18, and still calls the city home. That journey west was only the first of many road trips. A new book, Ed Ruscha: Road Tested (available this month from artbook.com), collects 75 works inspired by the artist’s adventures on the move. Here, he reveals his favorite stops along the way.
Courtesy of Ed Ruscha and D.A.P., Inc.