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Twentysix Gasoline Stations: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
In this seminal artist's book of 1963, Ruscha presents the reader with a selection of black and white photographs of service stations encountered during a highway journey he made on U.S. Route 66 from Los Angeles to his hometown of Oklahoma City. Evoking the working method of a documentary photographer, Ruscha captured the mundane and unadorned face of American consumer culture. Each of the 26 photographs in the book is captioned with a title and location, collectively representing an alphabet or lexicon of "stations," which ends fittingly with a photograph of a FINA service station. There is no additional text. This innovative and groundbreaking publication is today celebrated as an iconic example of editioned artist-produced books.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 10, 2009