Christina Ramberg, ‘Muscular Alternative’, 1979, MCA Chicago

Image rights: Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

"Surrealism: The Conjured Life"

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2016)

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, bequest of Sandra Jorgensen.

About Christina Ramberg

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.

American , 1946-1995, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, based in Chicago, Illinois