Robert Ryman  (American, 1930) 

When Robert Ryman (American, b.1930), born in Nashville, Tennessee, arrived in New York in 1952 to study, his first ambition was jazz rather than art. He took a job as a guard at the Museum of Modern Art and worked there for seven years; during this time he became increasingly interested in the visual arts, and began painting. His development as a painter was not so much a linear process as a concentration on one theme: the pictorial complexity created through a reduced, extremely restricted visual vocabulary. By manipulating scale and texture in his work, Ryman creates variations on the square format and the color white.

His paintings evoke an awareness of the act of painting, namely by drawing attention to brushstrokes, surfaces, and materials, as well as to the edges of the image and the relationship between the painting and the wall it hangs upon. Ryman’s art has often been described as Minimalist or Conceptual, while he prefers to use the term realistic, aiming not to create illusions with paint but to investigate the concrete presentation of painterly materials. Ryman has experimented with painting on canvas, linen, and steel, as well as with different painting materials, techniques, and with printmaking.

It was not until the late 1960s that he began to exhibit regularly; he had his first solo show at Paul Bianchini's gallery in 1967, at the age of 36. His first solo museum exhibition was held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1971. He has held subsequent exhibitions at documenta 6 and 7 in Kassel, Germany, and at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 1983, a permanent exhibition of Ryman’s work was installed at the Hallen für neue Kunst in Switzerland, and an extensive solo exhibition was held for him the year he turned 70, at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Ryman currently lives and works in New York.

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Robert Ryman, Conversion


Robert Ryman

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Robert Ryman, Part 15


Robert Ryman
Part 15

Peter Blum
Robert Ryman, Untitled


Robert Ryman

David Hall Fine Art
Robert Ryman, Untitled


Robert Ryman

The Mayor Gallery
Robert Ryman, Untitled


Robert Ryman

Kornelia Tamm Fine Arts
Robert Ryman, Ohne Titel


Robert Ryman
Ohne Titel

Edition Domberger
Robert Ryman, Untitled


Robert Ryman

Larry Becker Contemporary Art
Robert Ryman, Six aquatints


Robert Ryman
Six aquatints

Galerie Ronny Van de Velde
Robert Ryman, Aus Portfolio "On the Bowery"


Robert Ryman
Aus Portfolio "On the Bowery"

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Robert Ryman, Untitled


Robert Ryman
Untitled, 1969
acrylic on vinyl sheet


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Robert Ryman, Test #3


Robert Ryman
Test #3, 1990


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Robert Ryman, Untitled, prototype


Robert Ryman
Untitled, prototype, 1969
acrylic on fiberglass panel


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1930   Born in Nashville, TN
  Lives in New York
2008 - 2009   Minimal is More. Sammlung Lafrenz, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands
2007   Robert Ryman at the Venice Biennale, The Venice Biennale
2006   Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland
2006   Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
1983   Hallen für neue Kunst, Schaffhausen
1980   InK, Halle für Internationale neue Kunst, Zurich
1977   Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1967   Paul Bianchini Gallery, New York (solo)
1966   Systemic Painting, Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York