My first contemporary artist was Ed Ruscha.  My dad brought him to my attention on our first museum visit together.  He liked this painting, and I didn’t forget it. You can see it surrounded by a bunch of ads here:

http://arthistory.about.com/od/from_exhibitions/ig/lacma_bmca_08/broad_inaugural_22.htm

 

or you could pay a visit to the LA County Museum of Art.

Here’s a link to Ed’s website:  http://www.edruscha.com/

He’s made a boatload of unforgettable images by now.