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Marcus Ratliff: Collages Then and Now

Feb 13 - Mar 14, 2014

New York

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Press Release

Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, is pleased to announce Marcus Ratliff: Collages Then and Now, a retrospective of more than fifty of Ratliff's collages assembled between 1962 and the present, opening on Thursday, February 13, 2014. This is the first exhibition of Ratliff's collages to be held in a New York gallery.  

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ratliff moved east to study painting in New York at Cooper Union and then in New Haven at the Yale School of Art. During the early sixties he was immersed in the rising tide of the New York art world. His fine-art background, along with his acquired experience of typesetting and graphic design, led Ratliff into a long and successful career creating books, catalogues, posters, and announcements for major artists, dealers, galleries, museums, and publishers in New York and internationally. In 2008, after a forty-year hiatus, Ratliff returned to the pursuit of creating art for himself. 

Ratliff's surreal images are composed primarily of unrelated, curious, and exotic paper ephemera, which he has collected and often saved for many years. In the artist's hands these cut and pasted fragments take on newly acquired narrative form, often with literary and mythological references. These seductive, amusing, and smart collages pull the viewer into the artist's creative adventure. 

The exhibition continues through March 14th at Gerald Peters Gallery, New York. A PDF catalogue of the exhibition will be available through the gallery, www.gpgallery.com. For further information, please contact Alexandra Polemis at (212) 628-9760 or apolemis@gpgalleryny.com

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