Carol Rama

Italian, 1918-2015

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Carol Rama

Italian, 1918-2015

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In her decades-spanning practice, Carol Rama has explored sexuality and desire through different materials and mediums. Self-taught, Rama began painting as a means of dealing with family tragedies. In her early work in the 1930s and 1940s, she created lustful images of the female body, highlighting sexuality and pleasure as major themes. Rama later experimented with abstraction and assemblage in the vein of arte povera, using bicycle tires from her father’s factory before he declared bankruptcy and committed suicide. She returned to making paintings and watercolors in the 1980s. The recipient of the Golden Lion at the 50th Venice Biennale, Rama falls outside the confines of any particular artistic movement or period, but she remains a seminal figure and an important influence to artists such as Cindy Sherman and Kiki Smith.

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Biography

In her decades-spanning practice, Carol Rama has explored sexuality and desire through different materials and mediums. Self-taught, Rama began painting as a means of dealing with family tragedies. In her early work in the 1930s and 1940s, she created lustful images of the female body, highlighting sexuality and pleasure as major themes. Rama later experimented with abstraction and assemblage in the vein of arte povera, using bicycle tires from her father’s factory before he declared bankruptcy and committed suicide. She returned to making paintings and watercolors in the 1980s. The recipient of the Golden Lion at the 50th Venice Biennale, Rama falls outside the confines of any particular artistic movement or period, but she remains a seminal figure and an important influence to artists such as Cindy Sherman and Kiki Smith.

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Career Highlights
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blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
user
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 1 more
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Carol Rama
Why Old Women Have Replaced Young Men as the Art World’s Darlings
Jun 19th, 2017
For Carol Rama, Art Was a Way to Process Life’s Pleasure and Pain
May 5th, 2017
Venus Drawn Out: Insights from Curator Susan Harris
Feb 28th, 2014
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