White Paintings: Why They Sell for $15 Million
Robert Ryman, who in the late 1950s took a piece of white canvas, painted it white, and called it “finished,” is best known for delving deeply and prolifically into the unusual genre. One of his works sold for $15 million in 2014. But Ryman wasn’t the first and won’t be the last artist to produce the seemingly absurd masterpiece in white. Are we looking at cases of the “Emperor’s New Clothes?” This happy hour conversation explores the uncanny world of white paintings from Kasimir Malevich to the present.