Monday, April 27, 2015

Mel Ramos - Wonder Woman

Mel Ramos (b. 1935) - American Pop artist

Color lithograph on wove paper
USA, 1979
Signed in pencil lower right 'Mel Ramos'
Numbered in pencil lower left '129/250'
Printed by L.P. Geyser, with copyright ink stamp verso
Published by Atelier Dumas, New York, with blind stamp lower left
Full margins
Image dimensions: 19 x 17 ½ in. (48.3 x 44.5 cm.)
Sheet dimensions: 24 x 20 ½ in. (61 x 52.1 cm.)

Known for his provocative images that mix the idealized woman with imagery of popular culture, this lithograph by Mel Ramos depicts one of the most iconic fictional superheroes: Wonder Woman. Depicted here with voluptuous curves and with her hands behind her head in a departure from her signature hands-on-hips power pose, Ramos undercuts Wonder Woman's feminist ideals with tongue-in-cheek sexuality.
Executed in 1979, this color lithograph on wove paper is signed and numbered one hundred and twenty-nine from an edition of two hundred and fifty. Printed by L.P. Geyser and published by Atelier Dumas, with their ink and blind stamps, respectively, the work has full margins. The image measures 19 x 17 ½ inches. In overall good condition with no evidence of tears, toning, staining or repairs.
Mel Ramos (American, b. 1935)
Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist famous for his comic-book like images of naked, voluptuous females mixed the popular culture imagery. 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 work appeared alongside Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) and Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) at a Pop Art show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1963. In 1965, he first developed his most notable works depicting nude pin-up girls alongside mass-marketed products. Ramos has exhibited internationally and been featured in numerous museums, including the Whitney and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has also held teaching positions at California State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Wisconsin. More