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Robert Ryman, Surface Veil, 1970 - 1971 (SFMOMA).

Jay Bernstein writes:

Gaining clarity about the material motive in Pollock’s work remains urgent since, in the setting of abstract expressionism, his and their work increasingly looks like an apotheosis, a last emphatic exploration of the systematic possibilities of modernist painting. After Pollock and Rothko and de Kooning and Newman, after abstract expressionism, if painting continues, as it does, say, in the works of Gerhard Richter and Robert Ryman, for reasons we shall come to, it no longer does so as part of a larger systematic undertaking. The latter’s works can appear almost memorial, an ascetic exercise in the remembrance of painting rather than the thing itself.