Chuck Ramirez Solo Exhibition in Madrid
At Blanca Berlín Galería Madrid, Spain
Opening Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Presented in collaboration with
The exhibition will be on view through October.
Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to announce a special solo exhibition of works by Chuck Ramirez opening September 11, 2014at renowned contemporary photography gallery Blanca Berlín Galería in Spain. Ruiz-Healy Art is the exclusive representative of the estate of Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010), one of San Antonio’s most beloved and critically acclaimed artists. Ramirez mixed an Arte Povera-like appreciation for the humble aspects of life with a graphic designer’s elan, bringing a joyous affirmation to acute observations on cultural identity, consumerism, and the limits of mortality. Working in series of photographs, Ramirez depicted the detritus of life—filled garbage bags, castoff brooms, empty candy trays, and broken piñatas—in stark portraits that mime the polished techniques of advertising layouts and package design.
His tableaux photographs, such as Seven Days: Breakfast Tacos, acquired from Ruiz-Healy Art by the Smithsonian American Art Museum for their permanent collection, explore more saturated compositions that brim with an effulgence of texture and color. Throughout his work, which also includes installation and text, Ramirez elevated the oft-ignored with stunning attention through tactics that have aptly been described by the late-Mexican curator, Victor Zamudio-Taylor, as “minimally baroque.”
Located on Madrid’s historic Plaza Guardias de Corps, Blanca Berlín presents an international selection of established artists from Spain, France, Israel, South Korea, the USA, and Latin America. The upcoming exhibition, which will include pieces from the Brooms, Seven Days, Lost and Found, Purse Portrait, Coconut, Whatacup, and Candy Tray series of Ramirez’s large-format photographs, is a significant stride in furthering the Ruiz-Healy Art program of collaborative projects.
This exhibition builds on the program established with Chuck Ramirez: Minimally Baroque curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor and exhibited at San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 2011 and Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, Florida, 2012.
Works by Ramirez are held by Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The European Museum of Photography, Paris; Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Phoenix; San Antonio Museum of Art; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; The Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, and other public and private permanent collections and have been exhibited at Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; ARCO 02, Madrid; Galerie Khadrberlin, Berlin; Dallas Visual Art Center; Lawndale Art Center, Houston; Museo de las Americas, Denver, and many more museums and galleries internationally.
Blanca Berlín Galería is located at Calle Limón, 28 – Plaza Guardias de Corps, 28015 Madrid, Spain.
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