Chicago: Playboy Press, 1975. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's maroon cloth, orange endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"I make sure that my pictures are not too erotic and that they always have a trace of humor. I make sure they are 'in good taste.' Either you understand it or not." Survey of Pop painter Mel Ramos signature girl paintings. Best known for his pin-ups that juxtapose glamorized nudes with consumer products, Ramos left critics divided as to whether his work was art or smut. This monograph traces his development from Bay Area expressionist to figurative painter with a focus on his most recognized series. Illustrated with over 100 color and black-and-white plates of Ramos’s paintings and drawings, along with reproductions of various images that inspired his work; text by Elizabeth Claridge, bibliography, and index. 2018 exhibition invitation laid in. Vertical creaserease to rear endpaper; unclipped dust jacket with a minor cellotape repairs to a few small closed tears to verso, spine lightly faded. Very good. Item #4154