UT Ransom Center acquires artist Ed Ruscha archive
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas Harry Ransom Center in Austin has acquired the journals, diaries, artist books, photos and other source materials in the archive of contemporary artist Ed Ruscha.
Ruscha first came to prominence in the early 1960s with pop art paintings of gasoline stations in desert areas of the southwestern U.S. His later text-based works make wry observations on popular culture or play off odd phrases.
The archive, in an agreement announced late Tuesday, includes photos of gas stations, notes for art projects, contact sheets and letters that will provide scholars the opportunity to study Ruscha's work process and influences.
The Ransom Center paid $2 million for the archive, including $1.6 million raised from supporters.