MartÃn RamÃrez, a Mexican migrant worker and psychiatric patient without formal artistic training, has been hailed by leading New York art critics as one of the twentieth century's greatest artists. His work has been exhibited alongside masters such as JosÃ© Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Salvador DalÃ, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, and Joan MirÃ³. A landmark exhibition of RamÃrez's work at the American Folk Art Museum in 2007 broke attendance records and garnered praise from major media, including the New York Times, New Yorker, and Village Voice.
MartÃn RamÃrez offers the first sustained look at the life and critical reception of this acclaimed artist. VÃctor Espinosa challenges the stereotype of outsider art as an indecipherable enigma by delving into RamÃrez's biography and showing how he transformed memories of his life in Mexico, as well as his experiences of displacement and seclusion in the United States, into powerful works of art. Espinosa then traces the reception of RamÃrez's work, from its first anonymous showings in the 1950s to contemporary exhibitions and individual works that have sold for as much as a half-million dollars. This eloquently told story reveals how RamÃrez's three-decades-long incarceration in California psychiatric institutions and his classification as "chronic paranoid schizophrenic" stigmatized yet also protected what his hands produced. Stripping off the labels "psychotic artist" and "outsider master," MartÃn RamÃrez demonstrates that his drawings are not passive manifestations of mental illness. Although he drew while confined as a psychiatric patient, the formal elements and content of RamÃrez's artwork are shaped by his experiences of cultural and physica
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|Size: ||78.4 MB|
|Publisher: ||University of Texas Press|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9781477307922 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|