Robert Ryman - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich

  • Catalogue Essay

    If I look at some white panels in my studio, I see the white—but I am not conscious of them being white. They react with the wood, the color, the light, and with the wall itself. They become something other than just the color white. That’s the way I think of it. It allows things to be done that ordinarily you couldn’t see.


    (Ryman in an interview with Art 21, PBS, “Color, Surface & Seeing,” reproduced at



Lascaux acrylic on gatorboard.
26 x 26 in. (66 x 66 cm.)
Signed and dated “Ryman 88” and titled “’Summary’” respectively on two labels adhered to the reverse.

$500,000 - 700,000 

Sold for $782,500

Contemporary Art Part I

12 May 2011
New York