Monday, October 24, 2011

White Painting


The white paintings of Robert Ryman's late career are so straightforward. Each one is like a solved problem: Ryman never takes painting for granted, but throughout his interrogation of gesture, color, stroke, etc. (in other words, the formal technologies of the medium), he seems to aim at specular beauty. The clarity of the painted surface is unlike almost anything I know in contemporary painting.

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