In Bookforum, Arthur Danto reviews Suzanne P. Hudson’s Robert Ryman: Used Paint (October Books). “It is part of Robert Ryman’s legend that he is a self-taught artist. He moved to New York in 1952, at age twenty-two, to pursue a career in jazz. A year later, he took a job at the Museum of Modern … read more… “Robert Ryman: Creativity is a form of problem solving”
Cordy Ryman’s new abstract paintings, sculptures and installations at DCKT continue his playful exploration of paint, color, two-by-fours and wooden constructions. According to the gallery’s press release, Ryman is “manipulating and reconstituting an inherited visual language, and defining himself in relation to it.” Well, I doubt Cordy thinks that much about his inheritance (Merrill Wagner … read more… “Ryman rejects his tidy inheritance”
Obviously a labor of love and obsession, Morris’ small paintings on wood are like an introverted mash-up of early Robert Ryman, James Sienna and some wacky Islamic pattern and decoration. The paradoxical knowing-ness and uncertainty of the hand-drawn line, the layered opacity/transparency of the surfaces, and the subtle color ooze painterly sophistication, and yet the … read more… “Last call for John Morris at D’Amelio Terras”
After his last show, No Title Required, at Pace Gallery uptown, painter Robert Ryman welcomed Brooklyn Rail Publisher Phong Bui to his West Village studio to talk about his recent paintings and other related work. Read more.