Christina Ramberg
American , 1946-1995
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Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2017
Likeness,
Jessica Silverman Gallery
2015
Surrealism: The Conjured Life,
MCA Chicago
2012
David Nolan at Frieze New York 2012,
David Nolan Gallery

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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