The artist book The day my mother touched Robert Ryman by Stefan Sulzer tells the story of a visit to the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, New York, during which the mother of the artist felt so irritated by the elegant simplicity of Ryman’s paintings that she slowly let her hand slide over one of the paintings. Stefan Sulzer combines this story with statements and information about the work of Ryman and thereby creates a selective and poetic narration about the reception of art.
The reading, which comes on the 40th anniversary of Ryman’s first institutional solo in Switzerland—at Kunsthalle Basel, of course!—is followed by a talk in German with the curator Samuel Leuenberger (SALTS, Birsfelden).
The first 17 copies of The day my mother touched Robert Ryman were published as a special edition by Edition Taube, numbered, signed, and touched by the mother. Stefan Sulzer’s exhibition of the same title at Galerie Bernhard has just been extended until July 25.