Ryman is interested in the act of painting. By a curious coincidence Brice Marden will follow in a similar path in 1963 : guard at the Jewish Museum, Marden discovered the pop art during an exhibition dedicated to Jasper Johns.
After Johns, Ryman rejects the narrative in art. Same as Manzoni on the other side of the Atlantic he refuses all the colors because they are already loaded with symbols. He desires not to be mingled with pre-existing artistic movements such as minimalism, conceptual art or abstract expressionism.
Like Donald Judd, Ryman watches the effect of lighting on his work. For half a century he produces his paintings in full white on various supports, usually in a thick impasto that creates surface asperities and generates brightness variations under the light. He states that his art is an experience. His achievement is like a meaningless material and the title is not significant.
Bridge, 192 x 183 cm made in 1980, was sold for $ 20.6 million including premium by Christie's on May 13, 2015 over a lower estimate of $ 10M. In the same size, Link realized in 2002 was sold for $ 11,4M including premium by Christie's on November 12, 2014. Connect, 188 x 188 cm also painted in 2002, is estimated $ 10M for sale by Christie's in New York on November 15, lot 27 A.
SOLD for $ 10.8M including premium