Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"You get more salami with Modigliani #16" (1978) by Mel Ramos

"You get more salami with Modigliani #16" (1978) by Mel Ramos. Watercolour and graphite on paper. Image: 30.7 x 45.7 cm. (12 1/8 x 18 in).;sheet: 43.5 x 59 cm. (17 1/8 x 23 1/4 in). Signed and dated ‘Mel Ramos 1978’ along the lower margin.

See previous Art Boobs posts on Mel Ramos. From an auction.

He has a new book coming out soon:

The title of this pocket-sized monograph says it all. Whether painting a gorgeous Monica Vitti-esque bombshell leaning on a Del-Monte catsup bottle in 1971, a Matisse-inspired redhead reclining on an abstracted chair or an Uma-Thurmanish blonde laying on a giant pack of 5 Flavor Life Savers, the rebel figurative painter Mel Ramos is widely viewed as one of the most significant representatives of the California Pop movement. Like his colleagues in the New York Pop art scene, he began his career as a commercial artist and was interested in the everyday myths of his time, from comic-strip figures to the synthetic dreams proposed by the advertising world. Since 1963, Ramos has fleshed out just about every popular erotic fantasy of women, from the cartoon superheroine to the dominatrix to the pin-up girl. He has also turned an ironic eye to the classical female nude, painting cyclical series of the love lives of the ancient gods and painterly paraphrases of classical masterpieces by Ingres, Manet, Modigliani and de Kooning. With an interview of the artist by Belinda Grace Gardner.

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