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Martin Ramirez The Last Works


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ISBN 10: 0764946951 / ISBN 13: 9780764946950
Editorial: Pomegranate; Ricco/ Maresca, San Francisco, 2008
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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4to, 160pp. Fully illustrated in color. Hardcover, bound in original cloth with dustjacket. In excellent condition. Tight binding and spotless interior. The dustjacket is protected in a new clear Mylar wrapper. A beautiful copy. Like new. N° de ref. de la librería 008539

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Título: Martin Ramirez The Last Works

Editorial: Pomegranate; Ricco/ Maresca, San Francisco

Año de publicación: 2008

Encuadernación: Cloth

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: First Edition.

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Brooke Davis Anderson describes the moment as a "curator's dream come true." In 2007 a collection of more than 130 works on paper by Martín Ramírez surfaced, all created in the early 1960s, just before his death in 1963. Until this discovery, Ramírez's known oeuvre consisted of about 300 drawings and collages. These "last works" shine new light on an artist now revered as one of the self-taught masters of the twentieth century.

Martín Ramírez (1895-1963) immigrated to the United States from his native Mexico at the age of thirty. Diagnosed with mental illness soon after, Ramírez would spend the second half of his life in mental institutions. It was at DeWitt State Hospital in Northern California that Ramírez began exhibiting a remarkable drive for artistic expression, creating drawings with any material he could find, including paper bags, wooden matchsticks, and a paste he made from saliva and mashed potatoes. Ramírez's work illuminates the struggle of an artist trapped between two worlds, blending memories of Mexico with the experience of poverty and alienation in America. As Anderson writes, "each drawing became a beguiling act of documenting and, ultimately, sharing a life lived."

Martín Ramírez: The Last Works invites viewers to witness Ramírez's artistic development through his bold lines, meticulous repetition, and creative variations of idiosyncratic themes. With essays by Brooke Davis Anderson, Richard Rodriguez, and Wayne Thiebaud and a foreword by the family of Martín Ramírez, this book celebrates the genius of a once-dismissed yet truly extraordinary artist.

About the Author:

Brooke Davis Anderson is director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum. She has organized numerous exhibitions for the museum, including Martín Ramírez in 2007. As director of The Henry Darger Study Center, Anderson oversees exhibitions and documentation of the museum's extensive Henry Darger archive. Anderson has written and lectured extensively on American art, in particular African American art and contemporary self-taught artists and their work.

Richard Rodriguez is an essayist and the author of several books, including an appraisal of Mexico and America, Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father (1992). He also works as a television and print journalist in the United States and Europe.

Wayne Thiebaud is one of America's premier painters and is on the faculty at the University of California, Davis. He first received international acclaim during the American Pop Art Movement of the 1960s, with his uniquely lush paintings of cakes, pies, and other ubiquitous American foods and products. His work is in major museums and private collections in the United States and abroad.

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