1969
Ed Ruscha
American, born 1937

Oil on canvas
60 x 54 inches

Jar of Olives Falling, 1969 affirms Edward Ruscha’s assertion that “paradox and absurdity have just always been really delicious to me.”(1) An aspect of the painting’s “absurdity” is its taking of objects that might appear in a still-life painting and rendering them, not resting on a table, but hurtling through space. “Space” seems to be the term that best approximates the light-to-dark olive green expanse surrounding the glass jar and its tumbling and spilling contents. The viewer receives no orientation, except the color values, which gradually darken from bottom to...

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1964
Ed Ruscha
American, born 1937

Oil on canvas
65 x 121 1/2 inches

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