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Martin Ramirez at ICA, LA

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until December 31, 2017

The inaugural exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is a survey of the work of Mexican-born self-taught artist Martín Ramírez. "Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation" includes approximately 50 drawings and collages produced by Ramírez while institutionalised from 1931 until his death in 1963. The exhibition is part of "Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA", a far-reaching exploration of Latin American and Latino Art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

From the ICA's press release:

Ramírez migrated to the United States in 1925 to seek work on the railroads. Following the Great Crash of 1929, Ramírez found himself unemployed and on the streets. Detained by police for vagrancy, and following a hasty diagnosis of schizophrenia by doctors who did not speak Spanish, Ramírez was interned in state psychiatric hospitals in Northern California for 30 years until his death in 1963.

Within these confines, Ramírez produced a body of remarkable drawings collaged from found paper and executed with matchsticks, melted crayons, and other makeshift implements. The resulting drawings range from small-scale abstractions to monumental figures and scrolls, which demonstrate Ramírez’s unique draftsmanship of concentric lines, undulating patterns, and surreal topography. This exhibition draws Ramírez into the critical orbit of art in California, where the crossover between Latin American art and American Modernism found its fullest realization. 

Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art
1717 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
www.theicala.org