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Martin Ramirez

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Martín Ramírez (1895-1963), the great self-taught draftsman of the twentieth century, left his native Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico, in 1925 to find work in the United States and support his wife and children back home. Political struggles in Mexico and the economic consequences of the Great Depression left him stranded, jobless and homeless, on the streets of California in ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published January 28th 2007 by Not Avail (first published January 2007)
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 08, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: outsider art enthusiasts
Shelves: visual-art
I caught this show in New York a couple years ago. I had always heard him put beside Henry Darger and Adolph Wolfli as the three giants of outsider art, so when I found out about the show I had to see it.

At first I was put off by the repetitive obsessiveness of his work, he basically had 3 or 4 subjects he drew over and over; it actually made me physically uncomfortable, almost frightened me; but then something happened and I was taken by his drawings almost to the source of creative experience
Mar 10, 2011 Brett rated it really liked it
I saw his show at the American Folk Art Museum a few years ago and my Mom was nice enough to buy me a copy of the book when she remembered how much I liked it. The work is great and speaks for itself but the essays that open it are a bit exhaustive and repetitive in their analysis when not covering the important historical and biographical background. Maybe this comes from me not having read much art criticism, but a lot of the statements seemed obvious or irrelevant to me.
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Another amazing exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Warrants a one-off trip to the Midwest.
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This artist is now one of my favorites. Well deserved artist for a stamp.
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