Recent Exhibitions
Martín Ramírez
January 23, 2007–May 13, 2007
Martín Ramírez (1895–1963) created nearly 300 drawings of remarkable visual clarity and expressive power within the confines of DeWitt State Hospital in northern California, where he resided the last 15 years of his life. Ramírez has been codified primarily as a “schizophrenic artist”; this project goes beyond the boundaries of Ramirez’s diagnosis of mental illness and considers the artistic quality and merit of his artwork. In this way, Ramirez’s works are understood—and appreciated—for the complex, multilayered drawings that they are. “Martin Ramirez,” the first major retrospective of the self-taught master in more than 20 years, features approximately 97 works on paper and is accompanied by a full-color catalog.

Brooke Davis Anderson, curator
Exhibition Catalog (a New York Times Notable Book)
Martín Ramírez
By Brooke Davis Anderson, with Víctor M. Espinosa and Kristin E. Espinosa, Daniel Baumann, and Victor Zamudio-Taylor; foreword by Maria Ann Conelli; introduction by Robert Storr. Seattle: Marquand Books in association with the American Folk Art Museum, 2007. 192 pages. Available at the museum shop or through the publisher.
Exhibition Wall Texts
Reviews & Related Media
New York Times review
New York Times “Close Reading”
New York Times profile of Ramírez family
New Yorker review
Time blog post
Village Voice review
El Diario review (in Spanish)
CBS News Sunday Morning report
“Martin Ramirez” is presented by JP Morgan Chase Bank. Additional support is provided by Altria Group, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro. Support for the catalog has been provided by Furthermore, the publication program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.