Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with Ruscha'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. Essays by Joan Didion, Frances Stark, Donna De Salvo and Linda Norden. Texts in English and Italian. "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.