Robert Ryman

Edited by Courtney J. Martin and Stephen Hoban; With contributions by Sandra Amann, Jo Applin, Charles Gaines, Gary Garrels, Suzanne Hudson, Philipp Kaiser, Lucy R. Lippard, Courtney J. Martin, Jessica Morgan, Allegra Pesenti, Robert Storr, Kirsten Swenson, and John Szwed

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June 20, 2017
336 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
118 color + 23 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300226713
Hardcover

Published in association with Dia Art Foundation

A comprehensive study highlighting the interplay of context and meaning in Robert Ryman’s work

This remarkable volume, featuring new photography and original essays by a formidable array of scholars and curators, is the most expansive and thorough investigation of the work of American painter Robert Ryman in over two decades.  Arguing that the relationships between his paintings are key to understanding his diverse output, the book offers more faithful reproductions and subtler details of the paintings than have previously been available, and attends closely to the artist’s own strategies of display. 
 
Ryman’s paintings are readily identified by their predominantly achromatic surfaces, but his exploration of the values and effects of white was never limited to paint. His experimentations with canvas, board, paper, aluminum, fiberglass, and Plexiglas have evolved into a material vocabulary as revolutionary as his use of white. The texts featured here reflect on the importance of Ryman’s practice to contemporary art: Robert Storr, curator of Ryman’s 1993 retrospective, places the painter in historical context while Courtney J. Martin, curator of his 2015–16 exhibition at Dia Chelsea, looks at Ryman’s three-dimensional works. Drawings scholar Allegra Pesenti investigates his drawing practice; music historian John Szwed traces the influence of jazz in Ryman’s early works; and artist Charles Gaines asks what, in a Ryman, is real.

Courtney J. Martin is assistant professor of history of art and architecture at Brown University. Stephen Hoban is publications manager at Dia Art Foundation.

“[This publication] follows last year's solo exhibition at Dia’s Chelsea location (represented here with a generous selection of installation photographs) and collects a range of edifying essays by esteemed artists, curators, conservators, critics, historians, musicians, and, not least, the painter's ex-wife, renowned writer and curator Lucy Lippard.”—Eric Baden, Choice

Honorable mention for the 2017 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award, given by the Art Libraries Society of North America
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