New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2004. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's red cloth, spine stamped in black, black endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Comprehensive monograph on the paintings of pop artist Mel Ramos, best known for his over-the-top pin-ups, often juxtaposing glamorized nudes with consumer products like candy bars, liquor and cigarettes, in a send-up of the increasingly sexualized mass media environment of the 60s. "The ironical marriage of classical and romantic beauty in modern popular beauty eviscerates both – this is the underlying theme, indeed, the expressive underpinning of Ramos's pictures. As he has said, 'what's important for me is the humor, the irony...not the nudity'" (from the text by art critic Donald Kuspit). Illustrated with 480 color reproductions; with a preface by Ramos's longtime dealer Louis K. Meisel, a biography, list of exhibits, bibliography and index of paintings. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Uncommon. Item #1130