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Anne Ryan

The Brooklyn Museum

Anne Ryan discovered collage after seeing the Kurt Schwitters memorial exhibition in 1948. Within the remaining six years of her life, Ryan transformed Schwitters’ influence into a quiet poetic vision of her own. Her early works explore the various possibilities of collage. One piece uses hard-edged rectangular shapes arranged individually without any overlapping; others employ stamps, letters, and similar connotative materials in direct reference to Schwitters. Soon, though, Ryan structured her format with a Cubist grid and selected her personal palette from bits of cloth, ranging from finely woven linens to coarser hemps, and scraps of paper, varying in grain from fragile rice paper to mottled Hovell paper or cardboard. Abandoning the use of specifically allusive material, the printed ephemera which informs Schwitters’ work, Ryan wove her abstract imagery out of remnants chosen for their

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