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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Ruscha, Edward
Culture:American (1937- )
Title:Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass
Date Made:1968 (first edition)
Type:Artist's Book
Materials:Offset lithographs (artist's book); ink on paper
Measurements:Overall: 7 in x 5 9/16 in x 1/4 in; 17.8 cm x 14.1 cm x .6 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2013.21.1
Credit Line:Gift of Inge Heckel
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Label Text:
Though recent droughts and resulting water usage restrictions have left more than 3 million pools parched in California, in the 1960s water seemed to be as unlimited as wealth and fame. This pocket-sized book contains nine images of sparkling, turquoise pools—irregularly spaced across 62 pages—followed by a tenth and final image of a broken drinking glass. At once banal and foreboding, the book is perhaps a commentary on Los Angeles’ superficial, spectator culture. Though figures are conspicuously absent from these images, there are mysterious traces of human presence—such as wet footprints on a diving board, which might even belong to Ruscha himself.

-Jaime Pagana, Curatorial Assistant, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Sept. 2016)

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