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Mel Ramos papers, 1962-1971

Mel Ramos papers, 1962-1971

Ramos, Mel, 1935-

Art teacher, Painter, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear ft. (on 2 microfilm reels)

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.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 3652-3653 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Mel Ramos papers, 1962-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.