Mel Ramos (American, born 1935) The Green Lantern, 1962 49 x 43in (124 x 109cm)

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Lot 31
Mel Ramos
(American, born 1935)
The Green Lantern, 1962 49 x 43in (124 x 109cm)

Sold for US$ 600,000 inc. premium

Contemporary Art

13 May 2008, 13:00 EDT

New York

Mel Ramos (American, born 1935)
The Green Lantern, 1962
signed, titled and dated 'Mel Ramos The Green Lantern 1962' on the reverse
oil on canvas
49 x 43in (124 x 109cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Modernism, San Francisco, California (acquired directly from the artist)
    Private Collection, California (acquired from the above in 1988)

    Exhibited:
    Oakland, The Oakland Museum, Mel Ramos: Paintings 1959-1977, September 20 - November 13 1977 (catalog by Harvey L. Jones)
    San Francisco, Modernism, Mel Ramos: Paintings 1962-1986, November 4 - December 13, 1986


    Literature:
    Donald Burton Kuspit, Louis K. Meisel, Mel Ramos Pop Art Fantasies: The Complete Paintings, Watson-Guptill, New York, 2004 (color illust. p. 36)
    Mel Ramos: Pop Art Images, Benedikt Taschen, Cologne, 1994 (color illust. p. 18)

    Note:
    "Independently in California, 3,000 miles from where Pop Art was taking shape in the hands of such artists as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Ramos came upon the comic strip character as subject matter. [The Super Hero] was eminently and inherently Pop." --Donald Kuspit. p. 34 [see Literature]
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