The Easel

Robert Ryman, Relentlessly Inventive Abstract Painter, Is Dead at 88

What interested Ryman was the physical reality of an artwork – materials, surface, surroundings. His characteristic use of white paint was simply a way to minimize distractions. Reviewing his prodigious and influential output is like “taking the same commuter train over and over again but never having the same experience twice—and never actually reaching a destination.”