In 2007, the American Folk Art Museum exhibited the work of self-taught Mexican-American artist and catatonic schizophrenic Martin Ramirez (1895-1963) in his first major retrospective survey. During the run of the critically praised exhibition, the museum made an unusual discovery: More than 120 works on paper by Ramirez had been stored in a garage by relatives of the late Dr. Max Dunievitz, who served as medical director of the hospital where Ramirez was a patient in the early 1960s. The 25 rare drawings and collages seen in Martin Ramirez: The Last Works are from the last three years of his life and include the familiar Ramirez subjects of horses, trains, cowboys, and Madonnas—as well as that rare, indescribable quality of a truly gifted outsider.
April 12-15, 2009

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