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MARTIN RAMIREZ: FRAMING HIS LIFE AND ART. Victor M. Espinosa. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2015. 328 pp. with 80 ills. (25 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2015-8386 ISBN 9781477307755 In English.
Publisher's description: Martin Ramirez, a Mexican migrant worker and psychiatric patient without formal artistic training, has been hailed by leading New York art critics as one of the twentieth century s greatest artists. His work has been exhibited alongside masters such as Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, and Joan Miro. A landmark exhibition of Ramirez s work at the American Folk Art Museum in 2007 broke attendance records and garnered praise from major media, including the "New York Times," "New Yorker," and "Village Voice." "Martin Ramirez" offers the first sustained look at the life and critical reception of this acclaimed artist. Victor Espinosa challenges the stereotype of outsider art as an indecipherable enigma by delving into Ramirez s biography and showing how he transformed memories of his life in Mexico, as well as his experiences of displacement and seclusion in the United States, into powerful works of art. Espinosa then traces the reception of Ramirez s work, from its first anonymous showings in the 1950s to contemporary exhibitions and individual works that have sold for as much as a half-million dollars.
Artist(s):Ramirez, Martin
Indexing: Western, Latin America — Mexico — Post-1945 — Drawing and Watercolor — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167446
Hardcover $40.00    

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