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Lot 113: ED RUSCHA, (AMERICAN, B. 1937), "SWARM OF RED ANTS" FROM "INSECTS"

Modern & Contemporary Art

by Freeman's

December 6, 2016

Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Description: ED RUSCHA
(american, b. 1937)
"SWARM OF RED ANTS"
from "insects"
1972, pencil signed and dated, numbered 10/100 (there were also 15 artist''s proofs in Roman numerals), the full sheet, Multiples, Inc., New York, publisher. Color screenprint on Fabriano.
sheet: 20 x 27 in. (50.8 x 68.6cm)
[Engberg, 62]

Condition Report: Copyright stamp verso: (C) copyright 1972 by Edward Ruscha & Multiples INC. Printed at Styria Studio LTD.
Watermark C.M. Fabriano 100/100

Please note, Engberg calls for sheet size: 20 1/8 x 27 in.

Sheet is slightly rippled. With rubbing across top horizontal edge consistent with contact with frame- ink loss as a result. For example. at center of top edge and in two additional places at right of top edge there is also some staining along top edge consistent with contact with frame. Left, right and bottom sheet edges exhibit staining and areas of soft rubbinh, but to a lesser extent. With light staining, colors slightly faded. With 1/4 inch diagonal piece of surface debris (it appears to be a bristly) in upper left quadrant, not particularly obtrusive. There appears to be some soft light grey powdery surface debris scattered intermittenly in the bototm 2 1/2 inches of sheet, most concentrated at the left. There is some faint staining in areas corresponding to this powedery substance. There is approximately 1/4 inch horizontal light blue line in the upper right quadrant and approximately 1/2 inch circular area of soft rubbing at top left corner.

Verso exhibits soft surface soiling and scattered foxing. Two areas- at top left and right- of tape remnants from previous hinging methods.


Descriptions provided in both printed and on-line catalogue formats do not include condition reports. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to request a condition report on any lots upon which they intend to bid, prior to placing a bid. All transactions are governed by Freeman's Conditions of Sale.

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