Vera Klement/Dan Ramirez: Body and Spirit
Curated by Elizabeth K. Whiting
“I want each painting to be a voyage into the unknown.”
~ Vera Klement
(image above left)
oil, wax, charcoal on canvas
72 x 84 inches
“I try to aestheticize ideas about the unknown, the spiritual, the sublime.”
~ Dan Ramirez
(image above right)
Epoche: L’echange VII (Diptych)
oil, acrylic, iron oxide on panel
48 x 76 inches
The exhibition “Vera Klement/Dan Ramirez: Body and Spirit” will explore a selection of works by two legendary Chicago artists whose contributions and reputations are firmly established in the history of art in Chicago.
Dan Ramirez studied under Vera Klement at the University of Chicago when he was an MFA student (1975-77), and he recognizes her as having had the biggest role in his career. He fondly and profoundly stated: “Vera is most responsible for what’s happened in my career. She was my mentor at the U of C.”
Their paintings are visually disparate and seemingly unrelated, but when their works are considered in close context and in dialog with each other, and when their creative process and sources of inspiration are considered, we begin to see how Klement and Ramirez share an affinity that adds dimension and a deeper understanding and appreciation of each artist’s work.
On view for “Sculpture, Wine & Dine: a farm to table benefit for The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park”
Saturday, September 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Gina Ragland at 708-235-7559