18 February to 29 May 2011 – Albertina
The Albertina will dedicate a broad exhibition to the important Pop Art exponent Mel Ramos. The occasion of the exhibition was the Californian artist’s 75th birthday in 2010 as well as a celebration of over fifty years of the Pop Art movement. A representative selection of Ramos’s oeuvre, it focuses primarily on his paintings, and also includes preliminary sketches. The major works on display cover the entire spectrum of the artist’s creative phases, from the figurative depictions departing from abstract expressionism in his early paintings, through to his pictures of comic heroes and Wonder Woman from the 1960s, and, of course, the commercial pin-ups that made Ramos famous in the late 1960s. In his satire on brand advertising, the humorous artist depicts stylish pin-up girls in these oil paintings, wrapped lasciviously around giant Coke bottles, cigarette packets and pieces of diced cheese. The exhibition also features the series A Salute to Art History, in which the artist peps up nude pictures of classical masters with pop culture’s sex appeal, and paintings of Californian landscapes that most people.
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From the 11th of November 2010 to the 7th of January 2011- Galerie Hafenrichter
Mel Ramos (born July 24, 1935) is a U.S. figurative painter, whose work incorporates elements of realist and abstract art. Born in Sacramento, California, he gained his greatest popularity in association with the Pop Art movement of the 1960′s.
Mel Ramos received his first important recognition in the early 1960s; since 1959 he has participated in more than 120 group shows. Along with other artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Ramos produced art works that celebrated aspects of popular culture as represented in mass media. His paintings have been shown in major exhibitions of Pop Art in the U.S. and in Europe, and reproduced in books, catalogs, and periodicals throughout the world.
The classification of Ramos within any particular school of art is disputed. Some critical observers of the “art scene” classify Mel Ramos as a pop artist. However, others believe identification of Ramos’ work within the Pop movement of the 1960s implies a satirical or parodic bent which does not reflect the broader context of his paintings, and instead defend his “parodies” as respectful, affectionate tributes, a celebration of images with personal meaning.
From the 1st of September to the 15th of October 2010 – Levy Galerie
The American artist Mel Ramos (actually Melvin John Ramos) was born in Sacramento, California on July 24, 1935. In 1954 he begins to study art and art history at the Junior College. A year later he changes to the Sacramento State College where his teacher Wayne Thiebaud has decisive influence on him. Just as his teacher, Mel Ramos picks up the style of Pop-Art, in his paintings he depicts super heroes from comic strips. In the 1960s he more and more uses Pin-up-Girls as the motif of his works, which makes him famous. His art is critical and an ironic reaction to the cliches conveyed by advertising in the media. The nudes and objects on which the Pin-ups are draped appear in cool neon light, as it is typical for this type of Pop-Art.
His first one-man show takes place at the Bianchini Gallery in New York in 1964. In 1967 he has an important exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Numerous exhibitions in the USA and Europe follow. Mel Ramos soon counts among the most important representatives of Pop-Art, along with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
In 1966 Mel Ramos is appointed professor at the California State University in Hayward, a post he holds until 1997. As of 1972 Mel Ramos works on a series of paintings in which he inserts his Pin-up-Girls into famous nude paintings by artist colleagues such as Willem de Kooning or Amedeo Modigliani. As of around 1980 he increasingly turns to landscape paintings, additionally he makes a number of self portraits.
Since 1992 Mel Ramos has been living and working alternately in Oakland, California and in Horta de San Juan in Spain