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Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Art Exhibition

Self Portrait by Dee Dee Ramone
Untitled (Self Portrait) by Dee Dee Ramone

Subliminal Projects gallery in Los Angeles has announced an exhibition of artwork by Dee Dee Ramone, bassist, songwriter, and one of the founding members of the punk rock band, the Ramones. The exhibition commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Dee Dee Ramone’s death.

Subliminal Projects gallery manager Erica Overskei told the LA Times “the show would be comprised of 19 canvases, five paintings on wood, and one mixed media on card stock. Some of the works were made in collaboration between Ramone and artist-musician Paul Kostabi, and with Barbara Zampini, Ramone’s widow.” The article goes on to say that most of the art was created by just Ramone, and all were completed toward the end of his life, said Overskei. None of the canvases will be available for sale.

Subliminal Projects says that, for this memorial exhibition, they have “teamed up with the artist’s estate to present a substantive body of Dee Dee’s original work, on display for the first time in North America.” Subliminal Projects was created by street artist Shepard Fairey and Blaze Blouin as an artist collective in 1995.

Untitled (The Cretin Hop) by Dee Dee Ramone
Untitled (The Cretin Hop) by Dee Dee Ramone

About Dee Dee Ramone’s artwork, Shepard Fairey says:

I have been a fan of the Ramones since I got into punk rock in 1984. The Ramones always impressed me with their style, blending a sense of humor with aggression and pop melody. I did not realize Dee Dee Ramone made art until a few years ago, but it does not surprise me that Dee Dee mixes the same sensibilities in his art that the Ramones had as a band. In Dee Dee’s art there is a connection to Warhol’s Pop art, Basquiat’s street scrawl, and Punk’s sense of humor and antagonism that feels like an uninhibited visual manifestation of the fun and bizarre world of Dee Dee. I feel very lucky that Subliminal Projects can showcase these paintings and share the visual dimension of Dee Dee’s remarkable creativity.

Shepard Fairey will be releasing a print based off selected images provided by Dee Dee’s Estate. This print will be available for purchase, along with a print of Dee Dee’s Untitled (Self Portrait), 2002. A portion of proceeds from sales of the Untitled (Self Portrait) print will be donated to the Los Angeles Food Bank in Dee Dee’s honor.

An opening reception will be held on Friday October 26, 2012 from 8 – 11PM. The exhibit will remain on display at Subliminal Projects gallery through November 17, 2012. Contact the gallery for more information.

For more information about Dee Dee Ramone and his artwork visit http://deedeeramone.com/.

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