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Mel Ramos (b. 1935)

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Mel Ramos (b. 1935)

Miss Kleenex

Mel Ramos (b. 1935) Miss Kleenex signed and dated 'Mel Ramos 64' (lower left) pencil on paper 21¼ x 25in. (54 x 63.5cm.) Executed in 1964
Anon. sale, Christie's New York, 2 May 1991, lot 127.
Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange, Mel Ramos, April-May 1975, no. 21.
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"I've only used the figure in my work as iconography, that is to say, as depictions of contemporary iconography. If you look around at the media, the figure is used in a myriad of ways for various purposes, advertising, in the form of billboards or on TV, magazines, you know, all around the American landscape. My interest in the figure grows out of that kind of situation, that is to say, an external situation that interests me visually. And therefore I interpret that not so much from an emotional standpoint but from a sort of detached, impersonal, kind of cool, you know, outside-looking-in situation" (Ramos in an interview with P. Karlstrom, May 15 1981, from Smithsonian Archives of American Art, New York).

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