Bert Green Fine Art

New Serigraph Edition by Ed Ruscha

“Zoot Soot (Dedicated to the memory of Richard Duardo)”: 35-Color Serigraph

Modern Multiples presents a 35-color serigraph by contemporary American artist, Ed Ruscha. Nearly 5 years ago, LA art icon Richard Duardo, whose career was hugely influenced by Ruscha’s since they met at Gemini GEL in 1978, passed away on 11/11/14. Just a couple of months later, Bert Green Fine Art and Aardvark Letterpress released an Ed Ruscha edition on die cut handmade paper entitled “Zoot Soot (Dedicated to the Memory of Richard Duardo)”. The edition sold out almost immediately.

Thanks to the excellent relationship between Bert Green Fine Art, Ed Ruscha’s studio, and the team at Modern Multiples, this second interpretation of “Zoot Soot” is executed in consultation with Bert Green Fine Art

This fact is instrumental in the narrative of this edition because the 35 color layers printed with hand mixed inks recreate in stunning 3-dimensionality a photograph of one of the “Zoot Soot” impressions from the 2015 edition. Mr. Ruscha then modified the photo with iconic L.A. palm trees and blue sky, and submitted it to Modern Multiples for proofing. A BAT (“Bon á Tirer”, or “good to pull”) was signed upon our very first presentation of proofs!

We are very proud of and humbled by the narrative behind this artwork and hope that you, too, may appreciate its significance in contemporary art. Higher resolution images are available upon request.


“Zoot Soot (Dedicated to the memory of Richard Duardo)”
35-Color Serigraph on Saunders Waterford White Hot Press 200 lb. watercolor paper.
15” x 16.75” (paper), 9.75” x 12.25” (image)
Edition of 40
Print has a Hand Deckled edge and a Modern Multiples Studio Chop on the lower left corner. Signed lower right, numbered lower left.


To Puchase

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Print detail and production images





Letterpress Print by Ed Ruscha

“Zoot Soot (Dedicated to the memory of Richard Duardo)

Ed Ruscha, in association with Aardvark Letterpress in Los Angeles and Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago, has produced a limited edition, die cut letterpress print on handmade paper, using his signature approach of text and letterforms. This print is deep and dimensional, using the sculptural qualities of letterpress in lieu of printing with ink.

Watch a short film on Vimeo about the making of this print.


Zoot Soot
Dedicated to the memory of Richard Duardo
Die Cut Letterpress on Handmade Paper with Color Threads
Edition of 40 / 8 APs / 1 Tate print / 1 Achenbach print
11 x 14”

#16/40 Available. Price on Request

Zoot Soot Production Images