Ruscha, Edward. News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews and Dues

Artist: Edward Ruscha

Title: News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues


Date: 1970

Dimensions: Six prints, each 23″ x 32″

This portfolio is number 122

Location in Library: Fourth floor

Media: Silkscreen prints on paper

works on paper

Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Edward Ruscha


In the series News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues, Ruscha probes the visual and emotive power of words by playing with similar sounds and humorous rhymes. The six words he uses are rendered in an old Gothic-style lettering and are expressions of Ruscha’s impressions of England — its houses, cathedrals, cuisine, etc. The artist experiments with the printmaking media, using organic materials such as black currant pie filling, red salmon roe, raw egg, squid ink, chutney, chocolate syrup, Bolognese sauce, daffodils, and axle grease to create the silk-screened prints.

Related Websites
Website of the Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné
Ed Ruscha at Gagosian Gallery
Ed Ruscha at MoMA
“One Artist Journeys Down Another’s ‘Road'” (from the New York Times)

Ed Ruscha / NOW THEN | MoMA

Ed Rusch’s “Chocolate Room” Still Tantalizes (from New York Times)

Suggested Readings
– Marshall, Richard. Ed Ruscha, 2003.
Call Number: N6537 .R87 M37x 2003
– Ruscha, Edward. Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages, 2002.
Call Number: N6537 .R87 A35 2002
– Engberg, Siri. Edward Ruscha: Editions, 1959-1999: Catalogue RaisonnĂ©, 1999.
Call Number: Folio N6537 .R87 A4 1999

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