Robert Ryman Twin 1966

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“I don’t think of myself as making white paintings,” Ryman said. “I make paintings; I’m a painter. White paint is my medium.” This statement conveys the radical practice that the artist began in the mid-1960s—one that narrowed the focus of his work to white paint alone. In Twin, the surface of the canvas is covered in tightly tiered rows of white brushstrokes pulled in one motion across an unprimed canvas. Its scale required the use of a specially made twelve-inch brush and thinned paint so that Ryman could complete each horizontal stroke without interruption.

Gallery label from 2020
Oil on canvas
6' 3 3/4" x 6' 3 7/8" x 3" (192.4 x 192.6 cm x 7.6 cm)
Charles and Anita Blatt Fund and purchase
Object number
© 2024 Robert Ryman
Painting and Sculpture

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