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Used Paper — Autumn Drinks Party — London, UK — 20 OCT 2016 | 6:30pm

The Library, 112 St. Martins Lane, The Mezzanine I, II & Room 7

When arranging the shipment of works for Robert Ryman’s 1968 exhibition at Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, the gallerist listed the artworks simply as ‘paper’ to minimise any potential import costs. When informed that the import duty on handmade paper was also high, Fischer re-categorised the works as ‘used paper’. This description resonated with Ryman and his approach to materials: ‘since that time I have wondered about the possibility of paintings being defined as Used Paint. Then there could be Used Bronze, Used Canvas, Used Steel, Used Lead ...’

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