University of Oklahoma Museum gets $200,000 pledge toward the purchase of an Ed Ruscha painting.

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art receives $200,000 that it will use to purchase a painting by contemporary artist Ed Ruscha.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm •  Published: December 7, 2012
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Ruscha was born in Nebraska in 1937 and moved to Oklahoma City in 1941. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1956 with friend and aspiring musician Mason Williams, and enrolled at Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts).

The work is being offered to the museum for purchase and is currently on loan and on display at the museum.

If acquired, “No Man's Land” will be the first major Ruscha work held in a public collection in Oklahoma.

“Although contemporary art is widely accepted and appreciated in other parts of the United States, it is still a relatively new genre in the Midwest,” d'Humieres said.

“This iconic piece deserves to be a part of the state's patrimony.”

For information about the fundraising campaign, call 325-4938 or go to www.ou.edu/fjjma. All gifts toward the art acquisition are tax deductible.