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Martín Ramírez: The Last Works
by Brooke Davis Anderson ; Richard Rodriguez ; Wayne Thiebaud
Binding: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Pomegranate
Weight: 2.95 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 12.2 x W: 0.56 inches
ISBN 10: 0764946951
ISBN 13: 9780764946950
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Brooke Davis Anderson describes the moment as a 'curator's dream come true.' In 2007 a collection of more than 130 works on paper by Mart n Ram rez surfaced, all created in the early 1960s, just before his death in 1963. Until this discovery, Ram rez's known oeuvre consisted of about 300 drawings and collages. These 'last works' shine new light on an artist now revered as one of the self taught masters of the twentieth century. Mart n Ram rez (1895 1963) immigrated to the United States from his native Mexico at the age of thirty. Diagnosed with mental illness soon after, Ram rez would spend the second half of his life in mental institutions. It was at DeWitt State Hospital in Northern California that Ram rez began exhibiting a remarkable drive for artistic expression, creating drawings with any material he could find, including paper bags, wooden matchsticks, and a paste he made from saliva and mashed potatoes. Ram rez's work illuminates the struggle of an artist trapped between two worlds, blending memories of Mexico with the experience of poverty and alienation in America. As Anderson writes, 'each drawing became a beguiling act of documenting and, ultimately, sharing a life lived.' Mart n Ram rez: The Last Works invites viewers to witness Ram rez's artistic development through his bold lines, meticulous repetition, and creative variations of idiosyncratic themes. With essays by Brooke Davis Anderson, Richard Rodriguez, and Wayne Thiebaud and a foreword by the family of Mart n Ram rez, this book celebrates the genius of a once dismissed yet truly extraordinary artist.

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