Will Ryman

Will Ryman is a New York-based artist who specializes in sculpture, painting, and installations. He is best known for his crude, larger than life objects where the viewers are able to engage with his installations. Using a variety of materials to elevate meaning in his work, Ryman gives shape to many issues regarding industrialization, globalization, historical complexities, and political issues. Before establishing a career in the arts, Ryman wanted to become a playwright. His works, therefore, is a direct translation for his passion for plays and can even be seen as a set design. Ryman’s first notable installation, America, paints Abraham Lincoln’s childhood cabin in a life-sized gold-painted rendering. Utilizing materials that drove the country’s economy, items such as: cotton, corn, bullets as well as electronic components have made a feature in this installation. This connected both Ryman’s interpretation and survey of capitalism to his conceptual sculpture. It is now a part of the permanent collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Ryman has been featured all across the country in notable places such as the World Trade Center, Fairchild Botanical Gardens, Flatiron Plaza, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and PROSPECT3.

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