Robert Ryman

1930 · United States

Artist biography

Robert Ryman is regarded as a well established artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Robert Ryman was born in 1930. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Sol LeWitt, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Dan Flavin.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Robert Ryman is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy. Galleries include Cardi Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Belgium, as well as Cardi Gallery | Milan in Italy. Robert Ryman most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Hauser & Wirth | Hong Kong in China with the exhibition A Luta Continua. The exhibition was open from 22 May 2019 until 26 July 2019. Robert Ryman's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Jellyfish (30 January 2020 - 12 March 2020) at Kohn Gallery in the United States and Cards for the Holidays (12 December 2019 - 05 January 2020) at PACE | New York in the United States. Robert Ryman's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called 50 Years: An Anniversary and took place at Paula Cooper Gallery | 524 West 26st Street in New York, the United States from the 09 October 2018 to 02 November 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The US, especially New York city, endures as a central point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art centre came to be in the post war era, and the city succeeded in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art capital. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Robert Ryman

Born in 1930, Robert Ryman's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1930s. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. In the United States, the Great Depression had a severe impact on artistic output, and artists began to focus on the idea of humility and of the ordinary man on the streets. The focus of art in the United States also began to take a more political turn for the first time, and artists used these topics and ideas to endeavour to impact society. Topics such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes became prevalent in the work of many artists.

Robert Ryman

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