Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with Ruscah's installation presented at The United States Pavilion at the 51st International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, June 12 - November 6, 2005. Traveled to The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 17, 2005 - January 29, 2006. "Inspired by the symmetrical, Jeffersonian layout of the American Pavilion's Neoclassical architecture, and by Thomas Cole's cycle of the same name, Ed Ruscha installed this ten-painting exhibition titled Course of Empire at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Five pieces are painted in color and five in black-and-white. The artist paired each work from his 1992 'Blue Collar' series with a new color canvas depicting the future of the same urban landscape, some deteriorated, some growing and changing, some seemingly gentrifying." -- publisher's statement. Catalogue composed of essays by Joan Didion, Frances Stark, Donna De Salvo and Linda Norden. Texts in English and Italian.