Sunday, April 16, 2017


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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