Mel Ramos, ‘Oakland: Ode To Moe’, 1981, Caviar20
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Mel Ramos

Oakland: Ode To Moe, 1981

Colo lithograph on paper
29 1/2 × 37 1/2 in
74.9 × 95.3 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Toronto
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Caviar20
Toronto

In 1981 Ramos collaborated with Tamarind Institute and switched tone. He produced a series of …

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Hand-signed by artist, Signed and dated in pencil and by the artist
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Mel Ramos
American, 1935–2018
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Mel Ramos’s provocative, humorous paintings mix idealized nude women with the imagery of popular culture—Coca Cola bottles, movie posters, and the like. A prolific artist from his emergence in the 1960s onward, Ramos has often based his nudes on the female celebrities of the day, from Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson. His style references the sensuality and glossy flatness of pin-ups and Playboy spreads and has drawn the ire of feminists and art critics alike, despite Ramos’s assertion that his works are “apolitical”. Though clearly aligned with Pop art in his appropriation of imagery from mass media and consumer products, Ramos calls his practice rooted in Surrealism and its emphasis on “absurd conjunctions”—in his case, a beautiful nude woman emerging from a Snickers wrapper or lounging seductively in a banana split.

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In 1981 Ramos collaborated with Tamarind Institute and switched tone. He produced a series of lithographs that depict warm textured, tropical views of the California landscape - this a prime example.

Medium
Print
Condition
Very good condition
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and dated in pencil and by the artist
Certificate of authenticity
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Frame
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Mel Ramos
American, 1935–2018
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Mel Ramos’s provocative, humorous paintings mix idealized nude women with the imagery of popular culture—Coca Cola bottles, movie posters, and the like. A prolific artist from his emergence in the 1960s onward, Ramos has often based his nudes on the female celebrities of the day, from Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson. His style references the sensuality and glossy flatness of pin-ups and Playboy spreads and has drawn the ire of feminists and art critics alike, despite Ramos’s assertion that his works are “apolitical”. Though clearly aligned with Pop art in his appropriation of imagery from mass media and consumer products, Ramos calls his practice rooted in Surrealism and its emphasis on “absurd conjunctions”—in his case, a beautiful nude woman emerging from a Snickers wrapper or lounging seductively in a banana split.

Mel Ramos

Oakland: Ode To Moe, 1981

Colo lithograph on paper
29 1/2 × 37 1/2 in
74.9 × 95.3 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
Sold
Location
Toronto
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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