Mel Ramos papers, 1962-1971

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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