Robert Ryman, Ian Wilson
Robert Ryman and Ian Wilson

April 5 – June 2, 2001
at Peter Blum SoHo

Peter Blum is pleased to announce the exhibition, Ian Wilson Robert Ryman, opening on Thursday, April 5th, at 99 Wooster Street.

Ian Wilson is a visual artist who since 1970 started to bridge the gap between pictorial and lingual abstraction, by using philosophical discussions as his art form. Those discussions in the form of a Socratic discourse, using questions and answers present a logical argument on the nature of the absolute. They are called "Discussions of the Absolute" and are neither to be taped nor to be transcribed. Instead a certificate stating that there was a discussion is the only physical record. Please note:

There will be a discussion at the Peter Blum Gallery,
99 Wooster Street, New York City
on Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 pm.

Wilson's works in this exhibition include six reliefs done between 1966 and 1969, which were never exhibited before. Furthermore a chalk circle executed directly on the gallery floor from 1968 and a series of handmade books, entitled "Perfect". These volumes date from 1993 to 1997. The selection gives a comprehensive and unique overview of the work of Ian Wilson.

Ian Wilson was born in 1940 in Durban, South Africa. He came to the United States in 1960 where he lived in New York City from 1966 to 1986 . In the late 60's he befriended Robert Ryman. This encounter, based on mutual admiration has influenced both artists over the years. Since 1987 Wilson lives and works in upstate New York.

His exhibitions/discussions were held among others at the Documenta, 1981 in Kassel, Germany, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland in1980, 1982, 1985 and 1986, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium, the Musée d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, the Kunsthalle Basel in 2000 and most recently at the Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen in February 2001.

Robert Ryman is one of the most important abstract artists who experiments in his work mainly with the color white. He uses different shades of white, explores relief, edge and different ways of fastening the paintings to the walls, and juxtaposes smooth, delicate and highly textured surfaces and synthetic and natural materials.
White is used instrumentally and for itself; but 'whiteness' as such is not the work's subject or essence. He says in his own words: "I don't think of myself as making white paintings. I make paintings; I'm a painter. White is my medium."
The paintings in the exhibition were executed between 1965 and 1985.

Robert Ryman was born in 1930 in Nashville, Tennessee, where he  went to college, studying music. In 1952 he moved  to New York City to become a jazz musician. There he encountered painting and subsequently decided to become an artist. Since then he has lived and worked in New York.

Among his many exhibitions, his most important one person shows were held at: the Halle für Internationale Neue Kunst, Zürich, 1980, traveling to the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf in 1981, the DIA Art Foundation, New York and the Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen in 1983 and 1992. A mayor retrospective of his work was organized by the Tate Gallery, London in 1993 and traveled to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.