Ed Ruscha's Christmas gift

US artist donates work to Tate


Following the response of Nottingham children to his painting in the Tate's touring Artists' Roomns programme, the leading American painter Ed Ruscha is to donate all future prints of his work to the gallery to allow public galleries around Britain to see his art.

The gift has started with 18 recent works made between 2011 and 2014, with his home town of Los Angeles, where the 78-year-old painter has lived and painted for decades, his main subject. "It is a great honour to know that Tate will be a gnome to a collection of my editioned works" he said.

Tate director Nicholas Serota said: "This is a rare and generous commitment, not to mention a wonderful Christmas present to the whole nation. These works on paper will be a wonderful resource for future exhibitions here in the UK."

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