Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles

Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles

Description: FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY RUSCHA in ink on front free endpaper: "Ed Ruscha '82". With 31 black and white photographs of the 34 parking lots. "In Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles photographs of empty parking lots, each with a caption indicating location, are distributed one or two to each double-page spread in a book 10 by 8 1/8 inches. Ruscha's choice of aerial photography demonstrates his awareness of how the print media began to show the changing Los Angeles landscape: bird's-eye views of Los Angeles enjoyed increasing popularity during the 1960s, owing in part to the new prominence of helicopters. Typically aerial photographs depicted the city's freeways and suburban developments, evoking, depending on one's perspective, the appalling or breathtaking magnitude of L.A.'s sprawl. Photographs in newspapers of massive parking lots and garages always included plenty of cars, conveying both the size of the population and the practical means of coping with geographic distances. Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles asks viewers to consider not the functional role of the parking lots but their abstract patterns, their regular grids of white paint on concrete randomly splattered with oil. The oil spots disrupt the functional order of the parking lot just as the aberrant cars parked along the Sunset strip break the uniformity of urban space. These dissonant signs, produced either by chance or by the artist's design, resist the imposition of rationality on the urban landscape" (Cecile Whiting, Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s). Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1967. Quarto (205 mm x 255 mm), original printed paper wrappers. 48 pp, 31 black-and-white photographs. Without the scarce glassine. Wrappers with a little toning around edges (as often). A near-fine copy; rare signed.
Artist or Maker: RUSCHA, EDWARD
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