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Robert Ryman

Private Listing , 1969

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About the artist

Robert Ryman

Robert Ryman was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1930 and studied music at the George Peabody College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt University). After serving in the United States army reserve corps, he moved to New York City in 1952 and began painting in 1953. Ryman is best known for his extensive series of monochromatic white paintings that explore variations in texture, technique, and material through the absence of color. Ryman’s first solo exhibition in New York was held in 1967 at the Paul Bianchini Gallery, and his first museum solo exhibition was held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1972. He was included in Documenta 5 in 1972 and was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1973. Ryman has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1974); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1977); and InK, Halle für Internationale Neue Kunst, Zurich (1980). In 1993 and 1994 an exhibition of Ryman’s work traveled to the Tate Gallery, London; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. In 1994 Ryman was nominated as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and became the organization’s Vice President in 2003. He died in New York in 2019.

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