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Robert Ryman: The First 25 Years of Prints: 1969-1994

June 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019

Krakow Witkin Gallery presents a brief survey of Robert Ryman’s prints from his first 25 years of printmaking. While renowned for his paintings, his works on paper and prints, have not been given the same attention, and yet his approach to making works is the same. Working with the particular characteristics of each medium and process, yet not limited by tradition, Ryman, from 1969 onwards, explored the outer reaches of making editions, all with a minimum of materials. Requesting viewers to pay attention, look closely and observe subtleties, Ryman’s works both challenge a viewer and reward close looking. This exhibition has a special focus on the first aquatints Ryman made in 1972, which provided the opportunity to control the texture of his surfaces in ways that he would continue to explore for the rest of his career.

For an in-depth essay on his printmaking, please read Amy Baker Sandback’s essay from 1993 from the Ryman Catalogue Raisonné of Prints here.

Works In Exhibition

Untitled

Robert Ryman Untitled 1990-1991 Etching with aquatint

Image/paper size: 33 7/8 x 33 7/8 inches (86 x 86 cm)
Frame size: 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches (99.7 x 99.7 cm)
Edition of 80
Signed lower left, dated lower center, and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #25336)

Untitled [1]

Robert Ryman Untitled [1] 1972 Etching and sugarlift aquatint (ink: White Lead) on Rives BFK with deckled edges

Image/plate size: 21 11/16 x 21 13/16 inches (55.1 x 55.4 cm)
Paper size: 23 9/16 x 23 15/16 inches (59.8 x 60.8 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated top right within plate, numbered top left within plate
(Inventory #30431)

Untitled [2]

Robert Ryman Untitled [2] 1972 Etching and aquatint on Rives BFK with deckled edges

Image size: 13 7/8 x 13 9/16 inches (35.2 x 34.4 cm)
Paper size: 24 1/16 x 23 1/2 inches (61.1 x 59.7 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated ‘Ryman72’ and numbered lower left
(Inventory #30432)

Untitled [3]

Robert Ryman Untitled [3] 1972 Aquatint (ink: White Lead) on Rives BFK with deckled edges

Image/plate size: 21 7/8 x 21 9/16 inches (55.6 x 54.8 cm)
Paper size: 24 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches (61.6 x 61.3 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated bottom margin, to the right; numbered bottom margin, to the left
(Inventory #30433)

Untitled [4]

Robert Ryman Untitled [4] 1972 Aquatint (ink: White Lead) with etching (blue) on Rives BFK with deckled edges

Image/plate size (irregular) bleed on top edge: 18 3/16 x 14 3/4inches (46.2 x 37.5 cm)
Paper size: 24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated bottom margin, left of center; numbered right margin, at bottom right corner of plate mark
(Inventory #30434)

Untitled [5]

Robert Ryman Untitled [5] 1972 Aquatint (ink: White Lead) on Rives BFK with deckled edges

Image/plate size: 11 13/16 x 11 7/8 inches (30 x 30.2 cm)
Paper size: 19 1/2 inches diameter (49.5 cm diameter)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated bottom margin, centered to the right; numbered top margin, to the top left edge
(Inventory #30435)

Untitled [7]

Robert Ryman Untitled [7] 1972 Aquatint (ink: White Lead) and embossing (blind) on Rives BFK with deckled edges

Plate size: 21 5/8 x 21 1/2 inches (54.9 x 54.6 cm)
Embossing plate size: 22 3/4 x 22 7/8 inches (57.8 x 58.1 cm)
Paper size: 24 x 24 1/16 inches (61 x 61.1 cm)
Edition 3 of 50
Signed and dated bottom margin, to the right; numbered bottom margin, to the left
(Inventory #30437)

Untitled

Robert Ryman Untitled 1990-1991 Etching with aquatint

Image/paper size: 32 15/16 x 32 15/16 inches  (83.7 x 83.7 cm)
Frame size: 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches  (99.7 x 99.7 cm)
Edition of 80
Signed, dated and numbered
(Inventory #25334)

Untitled, from 10 From the Bowery 1969-1971

Robert Ryman Untitled, from 10 From the Bowery 1969-1971 1969 Silkscreen

Image/paper size: 25 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches (65.4 x 765.4 cm)
Edition of 100
Signed and dated lower center in image, numbered upper center in image
(Inventory #28645)

Untitled

Robert Ryman Untitled 1990-1991 Etching

Image/paper size: 35 1/8 x 35 5/16 inches (89.2 x 89.7 cm)
Frame size: 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches (99.7 x 99.7 cm)
Edition of 80
Signed, dated and numbered
(Inventory #25338)

Untitled

Robert Ryman Untitled 1993-1994 Inked aquatint on Twinrocker Buff paper

Image/plate size:  12 7/8 x 12 7/8 inches  (32.7 x 32.7 cm)
Paper size:  13 1/2 x 16 5/8 inches  (34.3 x 42.2 cm)
Edition of 75
Signed along left edge, numbered upper left and dated bottom in image
(Inventory #29421)

Untitled [1]

Robert Ryman Untitled [1] 1975 Aquatint (ink: White Lead)

Image/paper size: 35 1/16 x 35 7/16 inches (89.1 x 90 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed, dated, and numbered lower left of verso
(Inventory #30728)

Untitled [2]

Robert Ryman Untitled [2] 1975 Aquatint (ink: 50% Titanium White and 50% White Lead)

Image/paper size: 35 1/2 x 35 1/8 inches (90.2 x 89.2 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed, dated, and numbered lower left; impression within printed plate, the edition number in unprinted area.
(Inventory #30729)

Untitled [3]

Robert Ryman Untitled [3] 1975 Aquatint (ink: White Lead)

Image size: 35 x 34 7/8 inches (88.9 x 88.6 cm)
Paper size: 37 3/8 x 37 1/4 inches (94.9 x 94.6 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated lower right; numbered right margin, centered, running vertically down the sheet.
(Inventory #30730)

Untitled [4]

Robert Ryman Untitled [4] 1975 Aquatint printed from two plates (ink: Titanium White)

Image size: 35 3/8 x 34 15/16 inches (89.9 x 88.7 cm)
Paper size: 35 11/16 x 35 7/16 inches (90.6x 90 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated lower left; numbered far right, the impression number within the bottom of the printed plate, the edition number in the bottom margin.
(Inventory #30731)

Untitled [5]

Robert Ryman Untitled [5] 1975 Aquatint (ink: Titanium White)Image/paper size: 35 1/4 x 35 1/2 inches (89.5 x 90.2 cm)

Edition of 50
Signed and dated within exposed paper at top left edge of the center opening; numbered within exposed paper at bottom right edge of center opening.
(Inventory #30732)

Untitled [6]

Robert Ryman Untitled [6] 1975 Sugarlift aquatint applied with a brush (ink: Titanium White)

Image size: 35 9/16 x 35 3/4 inches (90.3 x 90.8 cm)
Paper size: 39 x 39 5/16 inches (99.1 x 99.9 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed, dated, and numbered within plate at bottom right of open center above outer band.
(Inventory #30733)