JOE GOODE I ED RUSCHA Yesterday's Treasures
Edited by Thomas Zander
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne, 2021
104 pages, 60 colour illustrations
With essays by Stefan Gronert and Jeff Rian
The catalogue of the two-artist exhibition features works from six decades including photographs, paintings, works on paper and artist’s books. With their unconventional approaches to these media, both artists are seminal figures in the development of the Californian art scene. Goode and Ruscha attended the same high school in Oklahoma City and went on to study at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Along with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, their work was shown in the 1962 groundbreaking exhibit New Painting of Common Objects. It was considered the first museum Pop Art exhibition in the USA. In reaction to abstract expressionism, the young artists turned to the visual experience of their environment: light and haze, reflecting surfaces, synthetic materials, mundane objects and commercial culture.