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Christina Ramberg

The Renaissance Society

Christina Ramberg has been abstracting and re-presenting various portions of the human (usually female) body for 20 years. Her figures are often wrapped, draped, or bound; they are incomplete and unidentifiable, as well as half-dressed, provoking readings at once comical, sinister, and erotic. This retrospective follows Ramberg’s work from its pop-vernacular, cartoonish beginnings with the Chicago Imagists in the late ’60s, through larger works of the ’70s in which the body of the subject is represented by arrangements of semiabstract cloth draperies or furniture, and culminates with a group of recent architectonic abstractions that mark Ramberg’s return to painting after a four-year hiatus.

The exhibition begins with a trio of very small paintings from 1968, two of which have been executed on the backs of dressing table mirrors. On one side, the viewer sees the reflection of his or her

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