Fort Campbell, 1946 - 1995

Christina Ramberg

Christina Ramberg was known for seductively rendering fragments of women’s bodies—often bound torsos, never the face—with acrylic and felt-tip or ballpoint pens in muted tones. In some works, the women are merely implied by bodices, hairdos, pairs of high heels, or other symbols of femininity. In the works in which female figures are present, bits of flesh often escape the constraints of corsets, girdles, and bras. As critic and scholar Nancy Princenthal once wrote, “Women twist around, squirming out of their bondage. It’s not easy; they get stuck, and, in the next rendering, try again.” Ramberg was loosely associated with the Chicago Imagists, a 1960s group of artists (including Ed Paschke and Gladys Nilsson) whose sexy, high-color, figurative images gleaned from comic books and catalogues are regarded as the forerunners...

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Biography

Christina Ramberg was known for seductively rendering fragments of women’s bodies—often bound torsos, never the face—with acrylic and felt-tip or ballpoint pens in muted tones. In some works, the women are merely implied by bodices, hairdos, pairs of high heels, or other symbols of femininity. In the works in which female figures are present, bits of flesh often escape the constraints of corsets, girdles, and bras. As critic and scholar Nancy Princenthal once wrote, “Women twist around, squirming out of their bondage. It’s not easy; they get stuck, and, in the next rendering, try again.” Ramberg was loosely associated with the Chicago Imagists, a 1960s group of artists (including Ed Paschke and Gladys Nilsson) whose sexy, high-color, figurative images gleaned from comic books and catalogues are regarded as the forerunners of American Pop art.

Christina Ramberg was born in 1946 in Fort Campbell, KY and died in 1995 in Chicago, IL. She has been the subject of a number of major retrospectives, including the current The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2019), as well as others at Carlton Place, Glasgow, UK (2014); David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY (2011); Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (2000); and The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL (1988). Recent group exhibitions include How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK (2019); Eye Deal: Abstract Bodies of the Chicago Imagists, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI (2018); Unorthodox, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY (2017); Sinister Pop, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2013); and Everything’s Here, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2008).

Artworks

4

Untitled (7 heads), 1972

Related Categories

20th Century Art / American Art / Art of the 1970s / Chicago / Contemporary American / Drawing / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Feminist Art / Figurative Drawing / Pen / Pen on Paper / Restrained Expression / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1973

    MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Faculty, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center

  • 1968

    BFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015

    Solo presentation of Christina Ramberg at ADAA The Art Show, David Nolan Gallery, New York

  • 2014

    Christina Ramberg (in Glasgow International, Festival 2014), Carlton Place, Glasgow

  • 2013

    Christina Ramberg, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Holly Coulis, Nevine Mahmoud & Christina Ramberg, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

  • A Detached Hand, Magenta Plains, NY

  • The Making of Husbands: Christina Ra berg in Dialogue, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (forthcoming)

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Education

  • 1973

    MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Faculty, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center

  • 1968

    BFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015

    Solo presentation of Christina Ramberg at ADAA The Art Show, David Nolan Gallery, New York

  • 2014

    Christina Ramberg (in Glasgow International, Festival 2014), Carlton Place, Glasgow

  • 2013

    Christina Ramberg, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston

  • 2011

    Corset Urns and Other Inventions: 1968-1980, David Nolan Gallery, New York

  • 2001

    Paintings and Drawings, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York

  • 2000

    Drawings, Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

  • Herron Gallery at the Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN

  • Marsh Gallery at University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Holly Coulis, Nevine Mahmoud & Christina Ramberg, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

  • A Detached Hand, Magenta Plains, NY

  • The Making of Husbands: Christina Ra berg in Dialogue, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (forthcoming)

  • How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, England

  • 2018

    Eye Deal: Abstract Bodies of the Chicago Imagists, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

  • The Figure and the Chicago Imagists: Selections from the Elmhurst College Art Collection, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

  • 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Outliers and American Vanguard Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

  • 2015

    Unorthodox, The Jewish Museum, New York

  • 2014

    What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

  • Liverpool Biennial: A Needle Walks Into a Haystack, Tate Liverpool

  • 2013

    Sinister Pop, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

  • 2012

    Automaton, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne

  • 2011

    Chicago Imagists, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

  • Re: Chicago, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago

  • Go Figure, Smart Museum at The University of Chicago

  • 2010

    Ox-bow Centennial, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago

  • 2008

    Everything’s Here, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

  • Girls and Company, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

  • Chicago Imagism, Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago

  • 2007

    Karl Wirsum: Winsome Works (some) and Hairy Who (and some others), Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

  • 2006

    Abstract Imagist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago

  • 2004

    Soft Edge, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

  • Fabulous Histories: Indigenous Anomalies in American Art, Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia

  • 2002

    Hair Stories, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York

Collections

  • Art Institute of Chicago

  • DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago

  • Koffler Foundation Collection, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

  • Illinois State Museum

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

  • Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York

  • The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York