Robert Ryman | the artist




The artist Robert Ryman
Born May 30 1930, Nashville Tennesee, USA.
Lives and works in New York City.

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Ryman studied at the Tennessee Polytechnic Institute and the George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, before serving in the United States Army (1950-52). 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…
Works in the Tate collection
Robert Ryman was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He started out as a musician but became one of the foremost painters of his generation. As a boy, Ryman studied piano and he later took up the saxophone. In 1952 he headed for New York to study with a Jazz pianist. In New York Ryman took a string of odd jobs – Email-room clerk, etc. to support himself. He started working as a guard at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1953 and during that year made his first paintings…
Works in the MOMA collection


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