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Lisp, 1968, draws together many of the artist's concerns from a particularly fertile period in his career. It exemplifies Ruscha's career-long interest in words not only for the images they conjure and the meanings they suggest, but also as representational imagery and subject matter. What appears to be a whitish paper ribbon casts its shadow against a background subtly gradated from light browns to pale greens. Gracefully twisting and folding against this ground, the ribbon spells the one word of the painting's title in cursive script.