LEVY Galerie is delighted to honor the Pop Art pioneer from the very start, Mel
Ramos (24. Juli 1935), with the exhibition The Famous Four & The Superheroes.
This solo show focuses on the drawings by the artist with the topic Superheroes
honoring the admired comic heroes and heroines from his youthhood such as
Blonde Phantom, Black Cat, Miss Fury, Human Fly and Atoman. Another highlight
of the exhibition is the latest Cut Out Project of 2018 including the series of
four cut outs A.C. Annie, Lola Cola, Della Monty und Tabacco Red based on the
identically named legendary paintings by the artist of 1971. These Famous Four
of 1971 have now been converted into screen and digital prints on plexiglass in
a limited multiple edition by the artist. Belinda Grace Gardner highlights in
the accompanying catalogue: „Ramos’s sun-bronzed pinup girls are posing here
with oversized products and appendant logos, ranging from Coca-Cola and the
cigarette brand Vantage up to AC spark plugs and Del Monte ketchup–a liaison
between female eroticism and consumer items, which mutually comment and
contradict each other in surreal hyperbole as projection surfaces of desire.”
The original quartet of 1971 was acquired in the year of their creation by
Gunter Sachs (1932– †2011), the prominent photographer and documentary
filmmaker, former jet-set playboy, prolific bobsledder, and ex-husband of
Brigitte Bardot, and installed in his Hamburg domicile as he temporarily
maintained a gallery in the formerly trendy neighborhood of Pöseldorf.
We would be pleased to welcome you in the gallery! For further information or
image requests please contact us.