The David Zwirner Gallery in New York presents a major exhibition of early paintings by the American artist Robert Ryman, focusing on his creative period from 1961 to 1964. Curated by Dieter Schwarz and organized in cooperation with Ryman’s family, the exhibition features a comprehensive selection of works from museums and private collections in the US and Europe. This period is crucial to understanding Ryman’s later work, as it was during this time that he began to question the fundamentals of painting and experiment with formats, surfaces, and interaction with space.
Ryman gained initial recognition for the work he made in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As a result, his paintings created prior to this period remain less well-known to this day. The exhibition includes representative works of all facets of Ryman’s painterly practice during this time, including his use of thick impasto brushstrokes on both stretched and unstretched canvas; heavily or sparsely worked paintings in both small and large formats; and a group of rarely seen works on raw linen, each featuring one or several seemingly complete, independent compositions.
In addition to this exhibition, David Zwirner London will simultaneously present a show of Ryman’s drawings. In 2024, David Zwirner Books plans to publish a comprehensive catalog on Ryman with contributions by Dieter Schwarz and Lucy Lippard.
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