Christina Ramberg

American , 1946–1995

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Christina Ramberg

American , 1946–1995

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Christina Ramberg was known for seductively rendering fragments of women’s bodies—often bound torsos, never the face—with acrylic and felt-tip or ballpoint pens in muted tones. In some works, the women are merely implied by bodices, hairdos, pairs of high heels, or other symbols of femininity. In the works in which female figures are present, bits of flesh often escape the constraints of corsets, girdles, and bras. As critic and scholar Nancy Princenthal once wrote, “Women twist around, squirming out of their bondage. It’s not easy; they get stuck, and, in the next rendering, try again.” Ramberg was loosely associated with the Chicago Imagists, a 1960s group of artists (including Ed Paschke and Gladys Nilsson) whose sexy, high-color, figurative images gleaned from comic books and catalogues are regarded as the forerunners of American Pop art.

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Biography

Christina Ramberg was known for seductively rendering fragments of women’s bodies—often bound torsos, never the face—with acrylic and felt-tip or ballpoint pens in muted tones. In some works, the women are merely implied by bodices, hairdos, pairs of high heels, or other symbols of femininity. In the works in which female figures are present, bits of flesh often escape the constraints of corsets, girdles, and bras. As critic and scholar Nancy Princenthal once wrote, “Women twist around, squirming out of their bondage. It’s not easy; they get stuck, and, in the next rendering, try again.” Ramberg was loosely associated with the Chicago Imagists, a 1960s group of artists (including Ed Paschke and Gladys Nilsson) whose sexy, high-color, figurative images gleaned from comic books and catalogues are regarded as the forerunners of American Pop art.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
user
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 2 more