Thursday afternoon, The J.Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute announced the acquisition of numerous famed works by contemporary artist Ed Ruscha.
Over seventy photographs and thousands of negatives from his popular Streets of Los Angeles archive (which comprises Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1966) were included in the acquirement.
The majority of the images are from Ruscha's seminal self-published book series: Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963), Some Los Angeles Apartments (1965), Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles (1967), and Real Estate Opportunities (1970).David Bomford, acting director at the J. Paul Getty Museum said in the press release, "We are thrilled to add these essential works by Ruscha to the Museums photography collection." Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute added,
"The archival material we are acquiring is virtually unknown. Very little of it has ever been exhibited or studied, and the depth of Ruschas engagement with L.A. urbanism will come as a surprise to many. It opens entirely new avenues for scholarship about one of the major artists of the postwar period, as well as for the study of the Los Angeles cityscape."
The artist, Ed Ruscha, himself stated, "I am humbled and elated to have my work go to the top of the hill."
The collection is set for exhibition in Spring of 2013. Los Angeles Architecture: 1940-1990 will be presented by The Getty Research Insitute and In Focus: Ed Ruscha will be curated by the Getty Museum.
Photos courtesy of The Getty Museum.