Friday, March 6, 2009
From the American Folk Art Museum: "Considered one of the self-taught masters of twentieth-century art, Martin Ramirez (1895 - 1963) created hundreds of drawings and collages of remarkable visual clarity and expressive power within the confines of DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn, California, where he resided for the last fifteen years of his life. Nearly one hundred of these drawings and collages were on view in the American Folk Art Museum's 2007 retrospective of the artist.
An astonishing development during the run of that exhibition was the discovery of a group of previously unknown works: more than 120 works on paper were brought to the museum's attention by Dr. Max Dunievitz. 'Martin Ramirez: The Last Works' features twenty-five artworks from this newly discovered treasure trove, including three drawings gifted to the American Folk Art Museum.
In this newly found body of work, Ramirez explored the same subjects and themes as in earlier years -- horseback riders, trains and tunnels, landscapes, Madonnas, and animals."
**They are throwing a party at the museum tonight with free admission and music so check it out if you can! More here **
Also, an interesting article about Ramirez in the NY Times here