Working on the metaphorical interaction between the shape of words and their linguistic meaning, 'Acting Silly' displays a series of letters, arranged in parallel diagonals painted in blueberry extract. This painting showcases two essential features of Ruscha’s work: the use of uncommon materials as pictorial matter and the mediation between word and image, the letters apparently following the playful suggestion of the work’s title.


  • Title: Acting Silly
  • Creator: Ruscha, Ed
  • Date Created: 1974
  • Physical Location: Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 91.4cm x 101.5cm
  • Provenance: Col. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Aquisição em 1999
  • Medium: Blueberry on moiré silk

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