MEL RAMOS

GIRLS, CANDIES & COMICS

18 February 2011 - 29 May 2011
Mel Ramos
Captain Midnight, 1962

The Albertina will dedicate a broad exhibition to the important Pop Art exponent Mel Ramos. The occasion of the exhibition was the Californian artist’s 75 th birthday in 2010 as well as a celebration of over fifty years of the Pop Art movement. A representative selection of Ramos’s oeuvre, it focuses primarily on his paintings, and also includes preliminary sketches. The major works on display cover the entire spectrum of the artist’s creative phases, from the figurative depictions departing from abstract expressionism in his early paintings, through to his pictures of comic heroes and Wonder Woman from the 1960s, and, of course, the commercial pin-ups that made Ramos famous in the late 1960s. In his satire on brand advertising, the humorous artist depicts stylish pin-up girls in these oil paintings, wrapped lasciviously around giant Coke bottles, cigarette packets and pieces of diced cheese. The exhibition also features the series A Salute to Art History, in which the artist peps up nude pictures of classical masters with pop culture’s sex appeal, and paintings of Californian landscapes that most people would not associate with Ramos.

 

PICTURE GALLERY

 

Mel Ramos

Lucky Lulu Blonde, 1965 
Mel Ramos

Pha. White Goddess, 1963 
Mel Ramos

Plenti-Grand Odalisque, 1973 
Mel Ramos

Della Monty, 1971  
 
Mel Ramos

Statue Study #1, 1978 
Mel Ramos

Study for: The Green Lantern, 1962 
Mel Ramos

I still get a Thrill when I see Bill #3, 1978 
Mel Ramos

Study for 7 UP, 1967 
 
Mel Ramos

The Four Seasons: Autumn, 1982 
Mel Ramos

Karnak. Ode to Moe 
Mel Ramos

Rome. Ode to Moe 

 

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