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Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Superheroes, Nudes, and Other Pop Delights

RAMOS Phantom-LadyMel Ramos, The Phantom Lady, 1963. Oil on canvas, 60 x 44 in. Leta and Mel Ramos Family Collection. Art © Mel Ramos/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NYJUNE 2  OCTOBER 21, 2012

A Sacramento native, internationally acclaimed Mel Ramos (born 1935) is one of the city's most celebrated artists. This is the first American museum survey of his work in more than 35 years and follows his recent solo exhibition at the Albertina in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition showcases each of the artist's creative phases, including his Abstract Expressionist early works, his comic book heroes from the 1960s, and the commercially inspired nudes that made him famous. The latter, which he started painting in the mid-1960s and continues to produce today, feature female figures wrapped around giant Coca-Cola bottles, popping out of candy wrappers, and lounging on fresh fruit and a host of consumer products. The exhibition also includes examples from the artist's series of art-historical tributes, in which he combines masterworks with sex appeal, as well as his lesser-known paintings of the California landscape and recent figurative sculptures. A full-color catalogue published by Modernism Gallery will accompany the exhibition and includes essays by artist and critic Jonathon Keats and Diana L. Daniels, associate curator, Crocker Art Museum.

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