Oral history interview with Mel Ramos

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.ramos81
Creators:
Ramos, Mel, 1935-2018
Karlstrom, Paul J.
Dates:
1981 May 15
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
49 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Mel Ramos conducted 1981 May 15, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Ramos speaks of the human figure as subject matter; contemporary iconography; the continuity of themes throughout art history; his interest in celebrities; his female nudes; his response to feminist objections to his work; the influence of Willem de Kooning, Salvador Dali, George Miyasaki, Nathan Oliveira and Wayne Thiebaud; Leta, his wife and model; his use of photographs; photo-realism; his work as part of the "painterly tradition."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Mel Ramos (1935-) is a painter and teacher in Oakland, Calif.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 45 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
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Painters -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Hispanic American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
750 9th Street, NW
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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