Iconic artist Ed Ruscha to be named Oklahoma cultural treasure

Ed Ruscha, world-renowned artist and noted pioneer of the Pop art movement, plans to be on hand when he is designated the 12th Oklahoma Cultural Treasure by Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Arts Council at the 40th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards on Dec. 2.

Ruscha will be the first Oklahoma Cultural Treasure designated since John Hope Franklin in 2004, according to a news release.

A 1956 graduate of Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Ruscha spent 15 years in Oklahoma before moving in 1956 to Los Angeles, where he became an innovator in that city’s 1960s art scene, gaining fame for his unique, conceptual depictions of words and signs, film studio logos and gas stations.

Among his most recognizable works are “Standard Station,” a screenprint of a Standard Oil station along Route 66 near Amarillo, Texas, and “Hollywood,” a lithograph of the famous sign in the Hollywood Hills.

Ruscha’s “Bowling Ball” is

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