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Mel Ramos

Untitled, 1957

Silkscreen in colors on paper
37 × 26 in
94 × 66 cm
Edition 16/20
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Condition report: Hinged at top sheet edge verso; faint mat, light and backboard staining; vertical …

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Condition report: Hinged at top sheet edge verso; faint mat, light and backboard staining; vertical handling creases at upper left and upper center image; and few scattered surface scuffs in orange background.

Framed Dimensions 30 X 40 Inches

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Signed, numbered, dated, and titled in pencil in the lower margin
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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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About the work
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Heritage Auctions

Condition report: Hinged at top sheet edge verso; faint mat, light and backboard staining; vertical …

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Condition report: Hinged at top sheet edge verso; faint mat, light and backboard staining; vertical handling creases at upper left and upper center image; and few scattered surface scuffs in orange background.

Framed Dimensions 30 X 40 Inches

Signature
Signed, numbered, dated, and titled in pencil in the lower margin
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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

Untitled, 1957

Silkscreen in colors on paper
37 × 26 in
94 × 66 cm
Edition 16/20
Bidding closed
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