White Magic: Robert Ryman, Rudolf Staffel
Curated by Meredith Harper
September 10 - October 25, 2014
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present White Magic: Robert Ryman, Rudolf Staffel, on view from September 10 through October 25. The exhibition brings together two masters – painter, Robert Ryman (b. Nashville, Tennessee, 1930) and ceramicist, Rudolf Staffel (b. San Antonio, Texas, 1911-2002) – who, within their respective media of paint and porcelain, each strictly reduced their aesthetic vocabularies to a palette almost exclusively of white, thereby allowing themselves to realize highly complex bodies of work that celebrate form and gesture.
Alongside a group of paintings by Ryman, we will exhibit over 40 ceramic vessels created by Staffel from the 1950s through the early 1990s, making this the first major presentation of Staffel’s work in 16 years. This exhibition will provide an opportunity to look at the work of both artists in dialogue, imparting a deeper understanding of each.
c. 1980, porcelain
7 x 6 inches