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White noise at PAFA: Robert Ryman to speak


Ryman kibbitzing, Becker working
Installing Philadelphia Prototype, 2002
This is Ryman installing (foreground) with gallerist Larry Becker helping out. The photo, which came from PAFA, is by Dominic Mercier as best I can recall.

Robert Ryman, the man who abandoned the joys of color paint for all white all the time, will be coming to town to speak at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The lecture, which is on his body of work and not just those on exhibit at PAFA, is Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Auditorium (that would be in the historic building, not the Hamilton Building). Ryman’s talk is in conjunction with the exhibition of his work, Robert Ryman: Small Works (in the Morris Gallery) curated by Academy Contemporary Art Curator Alex Baker, and the acquisition by the Academy of Ryman’s installation Philadelphia Prototype, 2002 (now up in the Hamilton Building, 2nd floor rear). The Morris Gallery show, which runs Oct. 13, 2006, to Jan. 28, 2007, will open with a free public reception October 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ryman’s works can also be found in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Reminder: the Morris Gallery is free and open to the public.