Giorgio Morandi and Robert Ryman

Kohn Gallery
Los Angeles

September 19 – October 31, 2015

The exhibition, done in partnership with Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M., Bologna (Italy), will feature rarely-seen oil paintings by Giorgio Morandi, and a broad selection of Ryman paintings from private collections.

Using a reductive visual vocabulary, Ryman and Morandi harness the nuances of light and shadow to enhance perception both within the painting and without. Painted in muted colors, Morandi’s meditative compositions beautifully blend still life subject matter and interior space so as to almost dissolve one into the other. The still life becomes nearly abstracted, allowing a harmonious rhythm to dominate the composition as lines soften and resurface from the background. Robert Ryman began making his reductive paintings around 1955, about ten years before Morandi’s death. Challenging the boundary between painting and sculpture, these textural works boast complex surfaces of rhythmic light and shadow. Accentuating their inherent objecthood, Ryman’s paintings play with the space in which they inhabit, blurring the line between object and environment.

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