Morgan Library Displays Ed Ruscha-Designed ‘On the Road’

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As part of a program that displays recent acquisitions at the Morgan Library, the institution is now showing an edition of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, designed by Ed Ruscha.

More details from ArtDaily:

On the Road (2009) furthers that legacy through its groundbreaking use of the novel as a subject for an artist’s book. In a swerve away from the more commercial aesthetic of his early works, Ruscha has created a beautifully bound letterpress book, printed by Gerhard Steidl on fine paper, and illustrated with original and found photographs, mounted by hand. The end result is an unforgettable work of art that doubles as a visual lexicon of Kerouac’s post-war American landscape—from its gas stations and large automobiles to the minutiae of isolated car parts and cigarette butts.

Also displayed as part of the program are two Books of Hours.

Morgan Library Displays Ed Ruscha-Designed ‘On the Road’