This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition Certainty and Doubt: Paintings by Dan Ramirez, on view at the Chazen Museum of Art October 2017- January 2018.
Drawn from Madison and Midwestern collections, this exhibition highlighted the artistic vision of Chicago-based artist Dan Ramirez. For over 40 years Ramirez has employed a consistent visual language to explore abstraction, religion, music, and play in paintings, prints, drawings, and digital media.
Adapting the language of minimalism with a late twentieth century experience, Ramirez’ work is both personal and multifaceted. Featuring recent work along with paintings inspired by his early print portfolio, Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus: An Homage to Olivier Messiaen, the artist delves into the spiritual, but also considers the relationship between the act of making music and the making of art. He plays with materials and perception in a process that is deeply intellectual, creating work that is precise and arresting.
Publisher: Chazen Museum of Art (2017)
Foreword: Russell Panczenko
Introduction: Ann Sinfield
A Minimalist Romance: Richard Schiff
Essay: Buzz Spector
65 pages, color illustrations