SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS presents
DEE DEE RAMONE: A Memorial Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26 • 8 PM – 11 PM
Exhibition Dates: October 27 – November 17
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, 2012)
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to announce an exhibition of artwork by
Dee Dee Ramone. The exhibition commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Dee
Dee’s death and celebrates the influence of this enigmatic rock icon and his
valuable contribution to the punk rock movement.
Dee Dee was best known as the bassist, songwriter, and one of the founding
members of the legendary American punk rock band, the Ramones. His sincere
love for the visual arts and his boundless imagination inspired an ongoing series
of paintings he created throughout his lifetime. These paintings are described by
those who were close with the artist as highly reflective of his personality through
their rebellious, dynamic, eccentric, and comedic aesthetic.
For this memorial exhibition, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS has 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. These rare paintings were recently
recovered on behalf of Dee Dee’s Estate after years of passion, persistence and
determination. Collected in an effort to preserve Dee Dee’s multifaceted legacy,
these works will now be on view to the public, providing a window into the
identity, artistic talents, and unique persona of the legendary Dee Dee Ramone.
18 x 24 inch screen print by Shepard Fairey. Signed and numbered edition of 450. Based on photos by Jenny Lens. Price will be posted soon. A limited number will be available Friday October 26th at Subliminal Projects Gallery after 8pm.