Robert Ryman | Possibilities

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Ryman installing Philadelphia Prototype (2002) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

Robert Ryman’s work explodes the classical distinctions between art as object and art as surface, sculpture and painting, structure and ornament–emphasizing instead the role that perception and context play in creating an aesthetic experience. Ryman isolates the most basic of components—material, scale, and support—enforcing limitations that allow the viewer to focus on the physical presence of the work in space.

Robert Ryman, “Philadelphia Prototype,” 2002. Collection Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Alexander Harrison Fund 2005.19a-j

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LEARN: Robert Ryman is featured in the Season 4 (2007) episode Paradox of the Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS.

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PHOTO | Robert Ryman, Philadelphia Prototype, 2002. Collection Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Alexander Harrison Fund 2005.19a-j

VIDEO | Producer: Susan Sollins & Nick Ravich. Camera: Bob Elfstrom & Mead Hunt. Sound: Tom Bergin & Roger Phenix. Editor: Monte Matteotti. Artwork courtesy: Robert Ryman. Thanks: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Contributor
Wesley Miller is the associate curator at ART21. Miller co-curates the television series Art in the Twenty-First Century. He is also co-creator of the series New York Close Up.
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  2. By far the best of the new season’s videos. Ryman is a tremendous painter who has really been pushing his materials since his early days. The guy is a true developmental painter, consistently growing in his work.

    Thanks for the video.

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