Anne Ryan

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Anne Ryan
Born 1889
Hoboken, New Jersey
Died 1954 (aged 64–65)
Morristown, New Jersey
Known for Collage, printmaking
Movement Abstract expressionism

Anne Ryan (1889 – 1954) belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists.[1] Her first contact with the New York Avant-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 Anne 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. 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 Anne Ryan died, her work in this medium numbered over 400 pieces.


Studied at Columbia University, NYC and Printmaking with Stanley W. Hayter.

Selected solo exhibitions:

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 1944: Hayter & Atelier XVII, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY
  • 1945: National Exhibition of Prints, 1945, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • 1947-1953: Brooklyn Museum of Art Print Annuals, NY
  • 1947: 45th Annual Watercolor and Print Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
  • 1950: John Stephan/Anne Ryan (collages), Betty Parsons Gallery, NYC
  • 1951: Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Some American Prints, 1945–1959, Museum of Modern Art, NYC and The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
  • 1951, Ninth Street Show
  • 1951, 1953, 1954: The Whitney Museum of American Art, Annuals and Biennials, NYC
  • 1954: New York Painting and Sculpture Annual, Stable Gallery, NYC
  • 1954-1955: International Color Woodcuts, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
  • 1961-1962: The Art of Assemblage, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC circ.
  • 1965-1967: American Collages, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC circ.
  • 1974: Brooklyn Museum, NY
  • 1975: Group Show: Collage, Betty Parsons Gallery, NYC
  • 1976: 30th Anniversary Show, Betty Parsons Gallery, NYC

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hilton Kramer, Ryan's Art at Washburn: Pure, Delicate, Austere Compositions, The New York Observer, October 23, 1989.
  2. ^ Deborah Solomon, The Hidden Legacy of Anne Ryan, The New York Criterion, January 1989, pp. 53-58


  • Stuart Preston, Artists of Personal Vision, New York Times, April 10, 1955 Section 2, p. 11
  • Fairfield Porter, Reviews and Previews," Art News, vol. 56, Dec. 1957, p. 11 - Anne Ryan, Darkest Leaf, Boteghe Oscure, vol. 22, 1958 (story published posthumously).
  • Donald Windham, A note on Anne Ryan, Boteghe Oscure, vol. 22, 1958, pp. 267–271.
  • Hilton Kramer, Anne Ryan: Bigness on a Small Scale, New York Times, February 3, 1968, p. 25, ills.
  • John Ashberry, A Place for Everything, Art News, vol.69, March 1970, p. 32
  • Carter Ratcliff, New York, Art International, vol.14, Summer 1970, p. 141
  • Piri Halasz, Trenton Exhibit Celebrates the Wonders of Collage," New York Times, Nov 17, 1974, p. 33, B&W of Ryan


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