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Theater & art

Art Review

Ed Ruscha’s icons speak of the everyday

WALTHAM — A dry, hot breeze seems to waft through the gallery at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum housing “Ed Ruscha: Standard,” and it’s not just the artist’s trademark Southern California scenes that place us in desert conditions. Ruscha has an arid sensibility – deadpan and inquisitive, crisp, and coolheaded.

An Omaha boy (born in 1937) who went west to study art, Ruscha came up in the fizzy Pop Art years of the 1960s. The culture of Southern California propels his art: cars, billboards, film, and the cartography of Los Angeles.

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