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Why these all-white paintings are in museums

And why mine aren’t.

If you’ve been to an art museum, you may have seen a painting like this.

“Bridge” by Robert Ryman (1980).

It sort of just looks like a white canvas, and many people might be shocked to find out that it sold for $20.6 million at a Christie’s auction in 2015.

But the truth is that there is much more to these white paintings than meets the eye. I spoke with Elisabeth Sherman, an assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, about why this type of minimalist artwork is more complicated than it may seem and why it’s okay to have a negative reaction when you look at one.

Watch the video above to see why you should give these paintings a chance — and to find out why I’m a genius.

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