Ed Ruscha - ARTIST ROOMS ON TOUR

22 Feb - 22 May 13

Mad Scientist by Ed Ruscha 1975 © Edward RuschaPay Nothing Until April by Ed Ruscha 2003 © Edward Ruscha

Mad Scientist by Ed Ruscha 1975 © Edward Ruscha

Los Angeles-based artist Ed Ruscha is one of the most consistently inventive American artists of the last fifty years.

Since the early 1960s he has channelled his fascination with words and the act of communication into books, print-making, photography, drawing and painting. The exhibition will include a wide variety of works covering over 40 years of his remarkable career.

The Hatton Gallery is hosting a series of free talks about the exhibition - click here to find out more.

The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d'Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund. The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its fifth year, is showing at 17 museums and galleries across the UK in 2013. The tour is made possible thanks to the new support of Arts Council England and the continued support of the Art Fund.

To find out more information about ARTIST ROOMS On Tour please visit www.artfund.org/artistrooms . To see the full ARTIST ROOMS collection please visit www.tate.org.uk/artistroomsand www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms

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As part of the celebration of the final week of the International Print Biennale 2014, on Friday 8 August, 11am-4pm, the Hatton Gallery will be making available to view and handle a large selection of prints from its Permanent Collection, take this rare opportunity to come and view at close hand works from Whistler to Tapies, from 16th century woodcuts to 20th century pop art screenprints.

8:34am 24 Jul 2014

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