The Dallas Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition Robert Ryman presents the rich artistic study of a man who began his career as a painter while working as a guard at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Robert Ryman will present more than two dozen works from the 1960s to the present that demonstrate the artist’s rare tenacity for investigating the properties of a painting: its color, surface, texture and relationship to the wall on which it is attached.
Ryman is considered one of the preeminent painters of the last 40 years—a man who has advanced the ideals of the American abstract expressionists into new areas.
“Robert Ryman is most well known for his explorations of white,” says Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art of the Dallas Museum of Art and curator of the Ryman exhibition. “It’s a surprisingly varied pigment and a rich subject he’s chosen to survey.”
Ryman has also combined it with other hues to create works that are both literal and atmospheric, using varied surfaces from industrial metal to traditional canvas.
Drawn from the artist’s own collection, Dallas area private collections and select museums, the Robert Ryman exhibition will include paintings that range from small to immense, some never before seen in public.
Within his chosen parameters, Ryman has created an amazingly varied and extensive body of work that will be uniquely installed with Ryman’s collaboration in the DMA galleries.
Museum visitors who are new to Ryman’s art will be exposed to the surprising breadth and variety of his work and how an artist can extend a chosen, limited number of artistic options in a surprisingly wide variety of ways. Visitors who are familiar with Ryman’s work will gain a deeper appreciation of its subtle beauty, while seeing works of his that have never before been on public view.
Robert Ryman was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art.
Exhibition support is provided by One Arts Plaza by Billingsley Company and by the Contemporary Art Fund through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Faulconer, Nancy and Tim Hanley, The Hoffman Family Foundation, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Evelyn P. and Edward W. Rose, and Gayle and Paul Stoffel.
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