Ed Ruscha Is One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

Ed Ruscha. (Courtesy Gagosian)

Ed Ruscha. Photo by Jerry McMillian. (Courtesy Craig Krull Gallery, copyright 2012)

The artist Ed Ruscha has made Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list. He shares the honor with the likes of Jay-Z, Steven Spielberg, Kim Jong Un, Justin Timberlake and Lebron James. Mazel!

Mr. Ruscha currently has an excellent show on view in New York at Gagosian Gallery’s Madison Avenue location. Of his work, Time writes, “But even if Ruscha never met a word he couldn’t unsettle, let’s hang on to the one we need sometimes to describe him: genius.”

He’s the only visual artist on the list, though the architect Wang Shu also made the cut.