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Updated: Feb 23, 2019


"I do not think of myself as a painter of the color white, I am simply a painter" said Robert Ryman in an interview at Art Forum in 1971. The painter who has just died had since longtime entered “history of art “ among the monochrome artists whose filiation goes back to Malevich and his White Square on a white background from 1918. But unlike the Russian painter it was less the radicality of the gesture that interested him than the effects he sought by playing with the support and the pictorial material. The white color was secondary to the background behind this experimental research.

"In 1967 New York gallery Bianchini devotes a personal exhibition to him; in 1969 he is present in the mythical exhibition in Bern "When attitudes become form". In 1972 he exhibited at the Guggenheim. In 1993, 40 years after entering the MoMA as a guardian, he returned there through the entry of artists: the museum devotes him a major retrospective.

Two years ago, he had donated twenty-one of his paintings (estimated at $ 420 million) to the Dia Art Foundation of New York, which presents the most consistent set of paintings by the artist.

The Pace Gallery that represents him, soberly indicated on their website: "We mourn his passing, but we celebrate the endless legacy of his art and its impact on our vision of the world".

Here under , his record sale in auctions:

"Bridge", 1980

Mixed media (oil and rust preventative paint)/canvas with four painted metal fasteners and square bolts

75 1/2 x 72 in

Hammer price: $ 18,250,000

Price including buyer's premium: $ 20,605,000

Estimate: $ 10,000,000 - $ 15,000,000

Christie's , 13 May 2015

New York NY, United States

Post-War and Contemporary Art

Robert Ryman
Robert Ryman

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