Published by Corbett vs. Dempsey/David Nolan Gallery. Text by John Corbett.
Associated with the Chicago Imagist group of the late 1960s, Christina Ramberg (1946–1995) painted parts of women's bodies—bound torsos, hands, waists and hair—rendered in seductive, sleek surfaces, muted colors and solid plastic forms. Ramberg's immaculately produced paintings stand in stark contrast to the hundreds of drawings she made, compulsively exploring shape and form in every possible variation of whatever subject she chose. Corsets, girdles and bras were a particular obsession, for they not only served to shape the body to conform to an ideal, but they also symbolized the need to contain and heighten female sexuality. Including paintings and drawings made between 1968 and 1980, this volume traces her progress toward more androgynous and then increasingly nonhuman figures which hover somewhere between human and object.
PUBLISHER Corbett vs. Dempsey/David Nolan Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7 x 9 in. / 100 pgs / 71 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/24/2015 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2015 p. 135
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780983725831TRADE List Price: $28.00 CDN $38.50 GBP £25.00
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited with text by Anna Gritz. Text by Dodie Bellamy, Kathrin Bentele, Jen George, Larne Abse Gogarty, Judith Russi Kirshner, Léon Kruijswijk.
A splendid clothbound volume of the erotic, complex paintings and drawings of the legendary Chicago Imagist
American artist Christina Ramberg's (1946-95) formally elegant, erotically sinister paintings make up one of the most intriguing bodies of work to come out of the generation of Chicago Imagists. Her drawings of women in brassieres and corsets reveal the tension between the unruly organic lines of the human body and the streamlined engineered aesthetic of the industrial product.
Ramberg described her drawings as "Containing, restraining, reforming, hurting, compressing, binding, transforming a lumpy shape into a clean smooth line."
This clothbound book with her drawings printed on the back cover contains a representative selection of Ramberg's paintings and drawings and places them in dialogue with the work of fellow artists such as Alexandra Bircken, Sara Deraedt, Gaylen Gerber, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Konrad Klapheck, Ghislaine Leung, Hans-Christian Lotz, Senga Nengudi, Ana Pellicer, Richard Rezac, Diane Simpson, Terre Thaemlitz and Kathleen White.