friday 11 july 2003

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Carol Rama: 'Opera n.47'; 1940; aquarel op karton; 34,5 x 24 cmHoewel ze 85 jaar oud is, al ruim 60 jaar kunst maakt, Rudi Fuchs een boek over haar schreef en ze dit jaar op de BiŽnnale van VenetiŽ een Gouden Leeuw kreeg voor haar 'lifetime achievement', is er op internet weinig over haar te vinden. Ikzelf kwam Carol Rama vandaag voor het eerst tegen in de bibliotheek aan de Prinsengracht, terwijl ik op de kunstafdeling door het Duitse Art Magazin bladerde. De oude dame Rama maakt werk waar we tegenwoordig niet van opkijken maar dat - respect! - in het midden van de vorige eeuw stof deed opwaaien:

"In 1945, when Rama's watercolors, some of which date to the 1930s, were first exhibited, the show was closed by the Christian Democratic government because of the work's sexualy provocative imagery. The present show included a selection of '40s drawings with imagery ranging from mundane objects such as dentures and shoes to depictions of men and women having sex with dogs and snakes." (uit Art in America, 1997)

> Het leven en werk van 'de Italiaanse Louise Bourgeois' Olga Carol Rama dat, aldus de Los Angeles Times, 'though decades old, still pulls you in and puts you off center'.



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