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Double Standard: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Date

2002-04-08

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
In 1962 Ruscha produced a book called Twentysix Gasoline Stations, a collection of deadpan documentary photographs he made of gas stations along Route 66 between Los Angeles and his hometown of Oklahoma City. Later he produced a painting and several screenprints based on the photographs. Like many of Ruscha's works,Double Standard has a punning title. The Standard sign urges you to buy your gas here, but it has other connotations--"the model against which others should be measured," for example, and "mediocre or commonplace." The title Double Standard--deriving from the crossed signs--suggests unfairness, especially in judging male and female behavior.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 10, 2009