Ramos, Mel, b. 1935
Painter, Art teacher, Illustrator
Active in Oakland, Calif.
Collection size: 0.6 linear ft. (on 2 microfilm reels)
Collection Summary: Files of source material for artwork including clippings and photocollages for "Elephant Seal," "David's Duo," "Virnaburger," "Manet's Olympia," and other works; letters from art dealers, universities about teaching positions, and from Lawrence Alloway, Carl Belz, Allen Jones, Ivan Karp, R.B. Kitaj, Max Kozloff, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, and Tom Wesselmann; clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs; business records, invoices, loan agreements and inventories of art work; and a photocollage, "Study for Salami/Modigliani #4" by Ramos.
Writings include "Sexual Remoteness and the Art of Mel Ramos" by Michael Danoff and 2 other manuscripts on the Pop Art movement, an introduction by Lynn Louden and an introduction to the exhibition catalog ELEVEN POP ARTISTS: THE NEW IMAGE by Max Kozsloff, and TRANSCRIPTIONS OF CIRCE: A SEQUENCE OF POEMS TO ACCOMPANY LITHOGRAPHS BY RAMOS by Robin Skeleton; and an interview, "Mel Ramos: A Self Interview."
Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, pop artist, teacher; California. Born Melvin John Ramos.
Donated by Mel Ramos, July 1985.
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- Microfilm reels 3652-3653 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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Also in the Archives
- Oral history interview with Mel Ramos, 1981 May 15
- Image and Media Gallery items from other collections related to Ramos, Mel