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Martín Ramírez

1895–1963, b. Tepatitlan, Mexico; d. Auburn, California

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Brought to the attention of the art world by Jim Nutt, this Mexican-born artist's drawings rank among the greatest achievements in American vernacular art. Ramirez was institutionalized for thirty years at California’s DeWitt State Hospital, never speaking. Psychologist Dr. Tarmo Pasto encouraged Ramirez’s creative output during his lifetime; his body of work is believed to include no more than 300 drawings. Ramirez developed a distinctive, enigmatic iconography that references his little-known past, both as a youth in Mexico and as a railroad worker in the United States.

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Outliers and American Vanguard Art

National Gallery of Art

Washington, DC

Jan 28–May 13, 2018

 

Curated by Lynne Cooke, and including Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, James Castle, Howard Finster, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Elijah Pierce, Horace Pippin, Christina Ramber, Martín Ramírez, Edgar Tolson, Bill Trayor, P.M. Wentworth, H.C. Westermann, Joseph Yoakum, Forrest Bess, Roger Brown, William Edmondson, Lee Godie, Morris Hirshfield, among others.

Jan 27, 2018

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