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.