Ed Ruscha sixty-year career has helped to shape the way we view the American landscape with elegant, highly distilled, and often very humorous works.
Course of Empire is his modern take on the cyclical nature of civilisation, and was inspired by Thomas Cole's 19th-century series of the same name. But unlike Cole's rather grandiose vision of classical civilisations, Ruscha's version focuses on the grimy and box-like industrial buildings of Los Angeles. He eschews the beautiful buildings and highlights the economic might and global reach of America today.
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