Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 1980. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's yellow and white stiff paper wraps lettered in blue.
Exhibition catalog for a show at Brandeis University's Rose Museum of 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. "[M]y first interest in art came from Surrealism, and one of the things about the Surrealists that interested me was their use of absurd conjunctions. Those paintings also had to do with pushy advertising techniques that you see in magazines, on television, in the movies – the iconography of the free enterprise system. I'm interested in imagery that bombards us" (from Ramos's interview with Rose Art Museum director Belz, who also contributes an introduction). Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates. With a chronology, catalog of the exhibition and bibliography. Fine. Item #1338