Annie, Poured from Maple Syrup
Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-)
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Like many of the artists who moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s, Edward Ruscha was born and raised in the Midwest. His sardonic wit, developed during his childhood in Oklahoma City, joined with his hard-edge technique and vernacular subject matter to make him a leader of California Pop Art in the 1960s. As with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, his East Coast counterparts, Ruscha’s artistic training was rooted in commercial art. His interest in words and typography ultimately provided the primary subject of his paintings, prints and photographs. In Annie, Poured from Maple Syrup, the artist takes a widely recognizable text-subject, and with impeccable execution, offers a surreal and humorous slant on a word from contemporary popular culture.


  • Artist Name: Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-)
  • Title: Annie, Poured from Maple Syrup
  • Date: 1966
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 55 x 59 in. (139.7 x 149.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Men's Committee
  • Accession Number: P.1966.06
  • Copyright: © 2012 Edward Ruscha

Object Information

[Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, to];
Men's Committee of the Membership Council, Pasadena, gift 1966 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1966-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 1975.

American Pop Art

  • Whitney Museum of American Art, 1974-04-05 to 1974-06-16

Pop Art: US/UK Connections 1956-66

  • Houston, The Menil Collection, 2001-01-26 to 2001-05-13

The Pop '60s: Transatlantic Crossing

  • Lisbon, Portugal, Centro Cultural de Belem, 1997-09-11 to 1997-12-07


  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1998-04-13 to 1999-02-21


  • New York, Gagosian Gallery, 2002-09-12 to 2002-10-19

Constructing a History: A Focus on the Permanent Collection

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American Art of the 1950s and 1960s from the Collection of the Norton Simon Museum

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991-08-19 to 1994-05-03

American Art of the 1960s from the Norton Simon Museum

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1988-10-04 to 1989-02-05

Images of an Era

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1995-10-15 to 1997-08

Selections from the Permanent Collection and the Norton Simon Museum

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1989-02-05 to 1989-05-28

American Art of the 1960s from the Norton Simon Museum

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1990-03-13 to 1990-06-17

Radical Past: Contemporary Art and Music in Pasadena, 1960-1974

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1999-02-07 to 1999-06-06
  • Armory Center for the Arts, 1999-02-07 to 1999-04-11
  • Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.), 1999-02-07 to 1999-04-25

Made in America: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture from the Norton Simon Museum

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1999-06-24 to 2000-03-26

Duchamp to Pop

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2016-03-04 to 2016-08-29

West Coast Art

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American Art Since 1950 from the Norton Simon Museum

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1990-06-30 to 1990-09-09

Pop Culture!

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2001-11-16 to 2002-02-11

Permanent and Loan Collection, 1973

  • Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, 1973-01-30 to 1973-12-31
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  • Register, Kathy, Pasadena Star News, p. A-5
  • Bourdon, David, Visible Language, 1972, cover
  • Alloway, Lawrence, American Pop Art, 1974, no. 34 p. 40
  • Bijutsu Techo, 1975,
  • Christie's East, NY, Modern and Contemporary Art, 1980, pp. 58-59
  • Bois, Yves-Alain, Edward Ruscha: Romance with Liquids, Paintings 1966-69, 1993, pp. 21-22, 43
  • Livingston, Mark, The Pop '60s Transatlantic Crossing, 1997, no. 63 p. 99
  • Armory Center for the Arts/Art Center College of Design, Radical Past: Contemporary Art & Music in Pasadena, 1960-1974, 1999, p. 46, cover
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  • Blum, Irving, Ferus, 2002, pp. 106-7
  • Blum, Irving, Ferus (reprint), 2009, pp. 106-7
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