Rosenquist & Ryman

Robert Ryman, Surface Veil II, ca. 1970, Oil and blue chalk on stretched linen c
Robert Ryman, Surface Veil II, ca. 1970, Oil and blue chalk on stretched linen canvas, 144 x 144 inches, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,Panza Collection, © Robert Ryman

As part of his series entitled "Paintings I Like," Paul Corio is struck by two paintings at the Guggenheim Museum: The Swimmer in the Econo-mist (Painting 2) (1997) by James Rosenquist and Surface Veil II, (1970) by Robert Ryman.

Corio writes that " ...for all his bright colors and big size, [Rosenquist] brought a slyness and subtlty that I just don't find in Brillo boxes and comic book panels... [Ryman's painting has] an exquisitely subtle framing element that gives it just enough structure and wholeness - it feels expansive and expanding, but at the same time complete within its boundaries."