ACE RADIO HONK BOSS
Throughout his career, Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) has explored the role of language in art through renderings of words and phrases in countless stylistic variations. Most of his early works depict single words in strong typographic formats. In 1961, however, Ruscha painted two pendant works: Ace Radio Honk Boss [#1] and Ace Radio Honk Boss [#2]. These works mark the first time Ruscha combined seemingly random words within a single composition. 
Ace Radio Honk Boss [#1] and [#2] will be shown alongside two paintings (HONK and BOSS) and six works on paper of the related single words. The exhibition is culled from private collections across the country and offers viewers a chance to examine the relationships between these four words and their images, separately and together – between their various fonts, sizes, and colors – how they’re read, how they’re seen, how they’re painted, their multiple meanings, and how they feel. Highlights include Ace, 1961 (formerly owned by Robert Rauschenberg) and Securing the Last Letter (Boss), 1964.