Ed Ruscha




That Ed Ruscha, Books & Co. show is really getting around. Here’s the ABCED presentation (and my Strippedat the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.


Ed Ruscha at the New York Public Library

I was lucky enough to be in the audience on March 6 when Ed Ruscha appeared at the New York Public Library for a conversation with Paul Holdengräber. Ed was in town for the opening of Ed Ruscha, Books & Co. the evening before. Here is the full recording (1 hr. 40 min.), posted by Live from the NYPL.


Books on wires

There’s Stripped hanging at the Ed Ruscha, Books & Co. show at Gagosian Gallery. The opening was packed and I was happy to see so many friends turn out. This little print-on-demand book that I made in just a few days ended up surrounded by a massive production, and I’m still not entirely sure how it happened. At any rate, it was an honor to be there and see this massive body of work by over a hundred artists connected in time and space by the presence of Mr. Ruscha himself.

The show itself is epic and worth a visit (through April 27, 2013).

Top image—Gagosian Gallery.


LA, Kansas, NYC


  • I’ll launch “Apparition of a distance, however near it may be” at Printed Matter’s first annual LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MoCA, Los Angeles. Look for me at the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative table (January 31–February 3).
  • Several of my books will be featured in “A Fair,” an exhibition curated by Travis Shaffer at the University of Kansas Art + Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS (January 22–February 15).
  • Stripped will be featured as part of the ABCED project at Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison, NYC in “Ed Ruscha: Books & Co.” (March 5–April 27).

Progress photo of the Kansas installation by Travis Shaffer.



Stripped from Paul Soulellis on Vimeo.

My contribution to ABCED is Stripped (Sixty-Six Sunsets Stripped), a 74-page homage to Ed’s 1966 Every Building on the Sunset Strip.

Stripped includes the first sixty-six sunsets found in a Google image search, stripped of color (and detail), while metadata found in the titles of the images are assembled as a sort of found text.

The Stripped video will be included as part of a collective ABC screening next weekend at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.



I guess maybe I woke up in a cold sweat once
and just had this light bulb go off of doing a book of some sort.

This is how Ed Ruscha, in a 2004 interview, recalled the events that led him to start creating books. The books he started making half a century ago were influential for generations of artists. To honour his contribution to the artist’s book, members of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative are launching ABCED in Autumn 2012. ABCED is a multi-volume book project created on the occasion of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, consisting of 33 books by 24 artists:

Abstracted by Jonathan Lewis
Aped by EJ Major
Auctioned by Andreas Schmidt
Borrowed by Joachim Schmid
Clicked by Wil van Iersel
Clothed by Deanna Dikeman
Collected by Wil van Iersel
Colored by Tanja Lažetić
Covered by Hermann Zschiegner
Derailed by David Schulz
Disappeared by Joshua Deaner
Distilled by Jonathan Lewis
Dressed by Julie Cook
Exploded by Tanja Lažetić
Freed by Fred Free
Fucked by Andreas Schmidt
Ignored by Jean Keller
Peed by Jochen Friedrich
Pronounced by Erik Benjamins
Pumped by Mishka Henner
Recounted by Elisabeth Tonnard
Replicated by Joachim Schmid
Reworded by Travis Shaffer
Richtered by Mishka Henner
Rorschached by Andreas Schmidt
Sampled by Jonathan Lewis
Scarred by Burkhard von Harder
Sliced by Heidi Neilson
Stained by Eric Doeringer
Stripped by Paul Soulellis
Uncompleted by Mariken Wessels
Visited by Fred Free
Yellowed by Victor Sira

All books are print on demand, 8×5 inches, softcover, open edition. Books are available individually either from the artists or at blurb.com. A discounted boxed set containing all 33 books will be available from ABC soon.

The series will launch at several art book fairs this month, so if you’re in Amsterdam, London or NYC in the next few weeks look for the ABC table at:

Offprint Amsterdam at Westergasfabriek 20–23 September
The London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery 21–23 September
NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 28–30 September