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Lengua (Meat Series)

Trained as a commercial artist, San Antonio-based Ramirez worked in the advertising industry, including designing ads for grocery stores. When he decided to pursue a fine arts career, he used his skills as a studio photographer and food stylist to create super-realistic “portraits” of objects related to consumerism and waste. Some of the items, such as food, also suggest the importance of things as markers of cultural identity. Lengua (beef tongue) is an ingredient in classic Tex-Mex cuisine, such as tacos and burritos.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection also includes another work from this series Ground Chuck (Eskenazi Museum of Art 2010.89).

Chuck Ramirez
American, 1962–2010
Lengua (Meat Series)
2002
Archival pigment print
Image/sheet: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas Robertello, 2010.90

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