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2009 Paul Henry Ramirez Born: El Paso, Texas 1963 screenprint on linen canvas with rotating wall-mount armature 44 x 44 in. (111.9 x 111.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2009, Paul Henry Ramirez 2011.11.3A-B Not currently on view

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Ramirez’s painting activates biomorphic forms within the tight confines of a square canvas. The dark rounded shapes that push against the colorful orange edges suggest mutating cells, breasts, buttocks and other sensual zones. The implied movement is further intensified when this painting – which is mounted on a turntable – is allowed to spin. The effect is to inject a kind of playful sexual nuance into an otherwise abstract mode of representation.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013




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