From 1990 to 2001 Ryman studied fiction and dramatic writing and wrote numerous plays. Frustrated with the limits of writing and the theater, he began to make figures as a way to express the ideas in his plays. Ultimately choosing sculpture over the written word, Ryman has devoted himself exclusively to sculpture since 2002. Will Ryman lives and works in New York City. Ryman's recent work challenges the viewer to alter his perspective through distortions of scale, compelling empathy and also pointing to the hazards of humanity, as the natural world succumbs to our ever larger foot print.
1990-2001 Pursues career in writing, works primarily in fiction and drama
2001 Creates first sculpture based on a character from a play
2004 First solo exhibition
Lives and works in New York City
2009 A New Beginning, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Will Ryman: The Bed, The Saatchi Gallery, London
2008 Wall Street, 7 World Trade Center, New York, NY
2007 Tuesday Afternoon, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, NY
Private Moments, Howard House, Seattle, WA
2005 Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany
2004 Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, New York, NY
2009 The Black & White Show, Collective Hardware, New York, NY
The Shape of Things to Come, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820 – 2009 The National Academy of Design, NY
2008 I Won’t Grow Up, Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Summer Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Tangled Up In You: Connecting, Coexisting, and Conceiving Identity, 21c. Museum
Foundation, Louisville, KY
2007 Sculpture: Selections from the collection of Martin Z. Margulies, Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Wit and Whimsy, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Sobre el Humor, Galería Marlborough, Madrid, Spain
2006 New Work, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, NY
Blender, Sundarum Tagore, New York, NY
Sanctuary and the Scrum, Black and White Art Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Greater New York 2005, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Gabriela Fridriksdottir, Daniel Hesidence, Will Ryman, Tracy Williams LTD., New York, NY
Flower Power, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York, NY
Selected Bibliography Will Ryman
2009 Barone, Mary “Profiling: Will Ryman” Art in America, Aug 20, 2009
Hinds, Katherine ed. “The Martin Z. Margulies Collection: Painting and Sculpture“ The Margulies Foundation Inc.
Jury, Louise. “Another unmade bed receives the Saatchi treatment.” The Evening Standard, London,
January 7, 2009.
Carter, Imogen. “Pillow talk with a bunch of artists.” The Observer, London, January 4, 2009
Casey, Eileen “Artists Against Abuse Raise Top Dollar for the Retreat” Hamptons.com June 29, 2009
Dannatt, Adrian “Gallery opens for just one artist: But who is behind the mysterious BLT space? The Art
Newspaper No, 199, February
2008 Morgan, Robert C. “Reviews: Will Ryman.” Sculpture Magazine, September 2008, p. 77.
Heller, Maxwell. “Profile: Will Ryman.” The Brooklyn Rail, December 2007/January 2008.
Kley, Elizabeth. “Gotham Art and Theater.” artnet.com, August 4
Morgan, Robert C. “Reviews: Will Ryman.” Sculpture Magazine, March
Morgan, Robert C. “Reviews: Will Ryman.” Sculpture Magazine, September, p. 77
Piras, Sebastian. “A Pocketful of Contemporary Artists: Photographic Portraits by Sebastian Piras.
Victoria: Peleus Press with The Images Publishing Group, pp. 200-201
2007 “Will Ryman” Marlborough Chelsea Catalog, essay by Edward Leffingwell
“In the Frame.” The Art Newspaper. December 2007, p. 2.
Ayers, Robert. “A Shift in the New York Landscape.” ArtInfo.com, September 10, 2007.
Mason Brook, S. “The World Comes to Basel.” Art and Antiques, September 2007, pp. 40-42.
Cohen, David. “An Artist’s Collection.” The New York Sun, June 19, 2007.
Cohen, David. “Art Basel: Saving the Best for Basel.” The New York Sun, June 14, 2007, p. 20.
Miller, Leigh Anne, “Front Page: Scope.” Art in America, April 2007, p. 35.
Finch, Charlie. “Weekend Update.” Artnet.com, December 4.
“Will Ryman” New York Magazine, December 3, p. 108
“Will Ryman is Dreaming.” Dailygusto.com, November 21
Wolff, Rachel. “Will Ryman.” New York Magazine, November 19, p. 96
2006 Lippens, Nate. “Ryman Turns the Intimate into the Outrageous.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
September 29, 2006.
2005 PS 1 Contemporary Art Center “Greater New York 2005” exhibition catalog
“Reviews: Will Ryman: A Dichotomy.” The New Yorker, December 2005.
Smith, Roberta. “Gabriela Fridriksdottir, Daniel Hesidence, Will Ryman.” The New York Times,
“Reviews: Gabriela Fridriksdottir, Daniel Hesidence, Will Ryman.” The New Yorker, July 2005.
Eleey, Peter. “Greater New York 2005.” Frieze Magazine, April 2005.
2004 Leffingwell, Edward. “Will Ryman at Gasser & Grunert.” Art in America, November 2004.
Janna, Reena. “Reviews: Will Ryman.” Art News, October, 2004, p. 187.
Johnson, Ken. “Reviews: Will Ryman.” The New York Times, July 2, 2004.
Rifkin, Mark. “Lost in Space.” New York Resident, March 1, 2004, p. 14.
Dannatt, Adrian. “Verbatim: William Ryman.” The Art Newspaper, February 2004, p. 27.