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Martin Ramirez: The Last Works

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Brooke Davis Anderson describes the moment as a "curator's dream come true." In 2007 a collection of more than 130 works on paper by Martín Ramírez surfaced, all created in the early 1960s, just before his death in 1963. Until this discovery, Ramírez's known oeuvre consisted of about 300 drawings and collages. These "last works" shine new light on an artist now revered as ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Ricco/Maresca Gallery
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An incredible insight into the life of a Mexican migrant worker who left Mexico to travel north to find work to support his family. Spending the last 30+ years of his life in mental institutions he filled his time with drawing, brilliantly crafted, meticulously detailed drawings, filled with longing for his home village but also encompassing America and the work that he used to do before hospital. He worked on the railways and trains feature in much of his work.
A very moving book.
An immigrant, Ramirez was committed to DeWitt State Hospital, where he worked for the rest of his life: making ink out of wet match tips, glue out of mashed potatoes and spit, using nurses notes as paper and shoe polish as paint. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful work.
Newly discovered and excellent work by one of the great outsider art masters. Read my full review at
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