Ed Ruscha has a solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery. At the opening he meets actor Dennis Hopper, whose 1961 photograph Double Standard, taken on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Melrose Avenue through his car windshield, is used in the show’s announcement. Hopper buys Standard Station, Amarillo Texas (1963), which was featured in the exhibition. After the opening, Hopper and Ruscha become lifelong friends.
Billy Al Bengston establishes the Artist Studio in his quarters on Mildred Avenue in Venice, California, as a way to get around the commercial gallery system. The space shows brief exhibitions of works by friends, including Larry Bell, Joe Goode, and Ed Ruscha, and the artists are able to keep all profits.
Danna Ruscha is included in Jim Shaw’s video Billy Goes to a Party.
Danna, Ed, and Paul Ruscha help publish the book version of Jim Shaw’s Thrift Store Paintings.
Ed Ruscha creates an artist book version of On the Road.
Ed Ruscha begins a series of paintings that feature passages from On the Road.