Collages by Anne Ryan (1889-1954) date from the last five or six years of her short artistic career and for that matter, of her life. Right now they are having a moment.
The piece shown here, dated 1951 and made on Douglas Howell paper, is currently on view at Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum in Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17, through May 31.
|Anne Ryan, Collage, 1951|
It is more cubist grid than expressionist composition like those on view in the Museum of Modern Art’s Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, on view through August 13. In his New York Times review of Friday, April 14, Holland Cotter wrote that “the exquisite, centrifugally spinning collages … were inspired as much by life as by other art.” Speaking of the show as a whole he decries the absence of many of these works from the permanent collection galleries where they would hang with those of male colleagues.
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