Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-)
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“Words have temperatures to me,” Ruscha noted in 1973. “When they reach a certain point and become hot words, then they appeal to me. ‘Synthetic’ is a very hot word. Sometimes I have a dream that if a word gets too hot and too appealing, it will boil apart, and I won’t be able to read or think of it. Usually I catch them before they get too hot.”

Split fountain is a silk-screening technique in which several colors are used in a single run to create a gradation of blended colors.


  • Artist Name: Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-)
  • Title: Adios
  • Date: 1969
  • Medium: Lithograph on calendered Rives BFK paper; torn and deckle edges, bleed image
  • Dimensions: sheet: 9-3/8 x 22-1/8 in. (23.8 x 56.2 cm)
  • Publisher: Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc.
  • Printer: Jean Milant
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift
  • Accession Number: P.1972.08.022
  • Copyright: © 2012 Edward Ruscha

Object Information

Ooo: Early Prints by Ed Ruscha

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2006-09-22 to 2007-01-22

Printmaking in the Sixties: Interpretations of Common Objects

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1988-05-26 to 1988-08-14

Pop Culture!

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

A Salute to the Ferus Gallery

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-09-23 to 1994-03-20

Prints from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles: The First Decade

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1990-12-20 to 1991-06-16

From Paris to Pasadena: An Overview of Color Lithography, 1890-1975

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2000-10-04 to 2001-01-15

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

Additional Artwork by Artist

Annie, Poured from Maple Syrup Ed Ruscha 1966
Carp Ed Ruscha 1969
Carp with Fly Ed Ruscha 1969

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