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Anne Ryan

Ann Ryan - Grant Street, mixed collage (oil/fabric/paper), 10 x 8 in (25.4 x 20.3 cm), framed 12 1/2 x 10 1/2 in (31.8 x 26.7 cm), signed lower right

Anne Ryan (1889–1954) was an American Abstract Expressionist artist associated with the New York School.[1] Her first contact with the New York Cityavant-garde came in 1941 when she joined the Atelier 17, a famous printmaking workshop that the British artist Stanley William Hayter had established in Paris in the 1930s and then brought to New York when France fell to the Nazis. The great turning point in Ryan's development occurred after the war, in 1948. She was 57 years old when she saw the collages of Kurt Schwitters at the Rose Fried Gallery, in New York City, in 1948. She right away dedicated herself to this newly discovered medium. Since Anne Ryan was a poet, according to Deborah Solomon,[2] in Kurt Schwitters’s collages “she recognized the visual equivalent of her sonnets – discrete images packed together in an extremely compressed space.” When six years later Ryan died, her work in this medium numbered over 400 pieces.

Public collections

  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.

  • Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

  • College Art Gallery, State University College, New Paltz, N.Y.

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

  • Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York[15]

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art

  • Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas[16]

  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

  • Newark Museum, New Jersey

  • New Jersey State Museum, Trenton

  • Palmer Museum of Art, State College, P.A.

  • Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, R.I.

  • Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn.

  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

  • Williams College Museum of Art - Williamstown, Mass.

  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Ann Ryan

Anne Ryan

1889 - 1954

Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


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