Artist Robert Ry­man, known for shades of white, dies

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

NEW YORK >> The artist Robert Ry­man, a min­i­mal­ist known for ex­per­i­ment­ing with vary­ing shades of white, has died at age 88.

A spokes­woman for Pace Gallery, which rep­re­sented him, says Ry­man died Fri­day night at his New York City home. No cause was given.

Ry­man was born in Nashville, Ten­nessee and moved to New York City hop­ing to be­come a pro­fes­sional jazz sax­o­phon­ist.

He had no for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in art but spent seven years as a guard at New York’s Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art.

Ry­man’s best-known works were white-on-white com­po­si­tions on square can­vases. He fa­mously said, “There is never any ques­tion of what to paint, only how to paint.”

Pace says on its web­site that it cel­e­brates “the never-end­ing le­gacy of his art and its im­pact on how we see the world.”

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